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Ephemera are printed items that were originally expected to have only short-term use or popularity. Postcard collections are listed here, as well as advertisements, fliers, print samples, programs, and broadsides.
Found in 77 Collections and/or Records:
Advertising trade cards
Identifier: Case Wing folio-ZC 3-885
Abstract Advertising materials including cards and booklets issued by retail stores, product manufacturers, and providers of services. Geographic areas covered include the United States (primarily Minnesota, Illinois, and New York) and London.
Alan Calavano collection of World's Fair postcards and ephemera
Abstract Includes postcards, postcard albums, and other ephemera relating to World's Fairs and Expositions beginning with the 1878 Exposition Universelle Paris and continuing to 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans. There are significant collections of postcards from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, the 1910 Exposition de Bruxelles, the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition, and the 1939 New York World's Fair. Also included are trade cards from...
American advertising cards
Identifier: Case Wing folio-ZC 3-018
Abstract American advertising cards issued by product manufacturers and retail stores. Geographic areas covered include Cleveland, Ohio, Painesville, Ohio, Algoma, Wisconsin, and South Bend, Indiana.
American Type Founders Company collection
Identifier: Case Wing folio-Z250-A2 A44
Abstract Various materials including photographs, internal publications, type specimens, and documents relating to the American Type Founders Company. The Company was founded in the late 19th century when 23 type foundries in North America merged.
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. ephemera collection
Identifier: Wing oversize-ZP 983-K344
Abstract Posters, paper fans, broadsides, and other ephemera created by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
Dates: approximately 1990-2012
Auditorium Theater Programs
Abstract Programs and other materials for events taking place in the early years at Chicago's Auditorium Theater. Envisioned as a world-class theater and opera house by Chicago impresario Ferdinand Peck, the Adler and Sullivan-designed Auditorium opened in 1889 on the corner of Congress and Michigan Avenue.
Blatchford family papers
Abstract Extensive collection of letters, photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, writings, and genealogical research materials centering around Chicago lead manufacturer, Newberry Library founding trustee, and Christian social activist Eliphalet Wickes Blatchford, his wife Mary Williams Blatchford, their parents and grandparents, and the families of their children, especially son Paul Blatchford, but also daughter Amy Blatchford Bliss. Families represented most heavily include Blatchford, Williams, Bliss,...
Dates: 1777-1987; Majority of material found within 1839-1965
Blinc Publishing ephemera collection
Identifier: Case Wing folio-Z232-B65 B55-1997
Abstract 23 items produced by Blinc Publishing between 1997 and 2015. Includes promotional posters, letterpress prints, compact discs, and other printed ephemera.
Bryan L. Bossier postcard collection
Abstract This collection of approximately 1,500 postcards, a gift from Bryan L. Bossier, consists of printed and photographic postcards related to twentieth century social history. Subjects include: suffragettes and the women’s right to vote movement, American evangelism, the Ku Klux Klan, early road building, temperance and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, boxing, and Christmas.
Dates: approximately 1880s-1920s
Burton Cherry ephemera collection
Identifier: Case Wing folio-ZC 1-183
Abstract Materials designed and collected by Chicago designer and typographer Burton Cherry, between approximately 1929 and approximately 1962. The collection includes correspondence to and from Cherry, items he designed or which were produced under his supervision, items possibly designed by Cherry, articles containing information about his work, and ephemera he collected.
Dates: approximately 1929-approximately 1962
Century of Progress Exposition brochures and ephemera
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Century of Progress
Abstract Brochures, programs, maps, newsclippings, souvenirs, tickets, and stamps created during the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, 1933 to 1934.
Charles Goode collection of powwow flyers
Abstract Collection of 32 flyers advertising Indigenous American powwows, festivals, and art shows, primarily in the midwestern United States. A majority of the events were held in Illinois and Wisconsin; others were held in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and New Mexico.
Chicago advertising cards
Identifier: Case Wing-ZC 3-166
Abstract Advertising cards issued by product manufacturers and retail stores. Geographic areas covered include primarily Chicago, Illinois with a small number from Minnesota and Nebraska.
Christiane Harzig collection of Chicago postcards
Abstract 190 tinted photo postcards, mostly blank, of Chicago scenes and buildings, including the Newberry Library, parks, amusement parks, Chicago Loop buildings, Michigan Avenue residences, etc. Postcards were published by Chicago publishers Koelling & Klappenbach, V.O. Hammon, P. Schmidt, Franklin Card Co., Warren News Co., Schwartz and Co., International Postal Card Co., and others. Most were printed in Germany. Postcards with messages were mailed from Chicago by Wanda Ludyuska, and mainly...
Dates: approximately 1900-1910s
Curt Teich Co. records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Teich Co.
Abstract The Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection is the nation’s largest public collection of postcards and related materials. The core collection in the Teich Archives, acquired by the Lake County Discovery Museum in 1982 and subsequently transferred to the Newberry in 2016, is the industrial archives of the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, which operated from 1898 to 1978 as the world’s largest printer of view and advertising postcards. The Teich Company saved examples of nearly every image printed,...
Dates: 1898-2002; Majority of material found within 1900-1978
David C. Meyer collection of letterheads and stationery
Identifier: Case Wing-NC1002-L47 D38
Abstract Collection of letterheads and stationery from David C. Meyer, owner of Meyerbooks and its imprint David Meyer Magic Books. Collection consists of single sheet letterheads, envelopes, stationery packets, and advertising materials originally issued by hotels, businesses, organizations, and performers.
Dates: 1861? to approximately 2013; Majority of material found within 1915 - 2000
Detroit Publishing Co. postcard collection
Abstract The Detroit Publishing Company was a prolific publisher of postcards and photographic prints from the late 1890s to the early 1920s. A gift from John I. Monroe, this collection of approximately 16,000 postcards is a rich resource for views of North American cities and towns, landscapes, and national parks. The collection also includes views of many foreign countries.
Dates: approximately 1890s-1930s
Dexter Press, Inc. records
Abstract Dexter Press Inc. founder Thomas A. Dexter began printing postcards in 1934 in New York and New Jersey. The collection, donated by Tommie Dexter Reardon, daughter of the founder of the company, includes job printing files; black and white, linen finish, and chrome postcards; and a box of black and white photographs used to make the black and white postcards. A later addition includes photographs and negatives, postcard samples, framed photographs, 3-D postcards, and other assorted postcards....
Dates: 1934-approximately 1992
Donald M. Anderson Papers
Abstract Correspondence, materials relating to publications, graphic art work, calligraphic broadsides and booklets, teaching materials, and subject files of Madison, Wisconsin calligrapher and design educator Donald Myers Anderson.
Dates: 1834-1995; Majority of material found within 1942-1995
Douglas C. McMurtrie papers
Abstract Chicago designer, publisher and printing historian. Includes extensive correspondence concerning his professional roles at Cuneo Press, Ludlow Typograph Co., the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, and various WPA projects, as well as files of material for his many writings on printing history and design. A few files concern his early design work, work with disabled veterans, and his role as publisher of works on typography, printing and of the early lesbian novel, Mary...
Dates: 1850-1944; Majority of material found within 1925 - 1944
Ellen Walsh Collection of Theater Programs
Abstract Album containing Chicago, Boston, New York, and London theater programs, 1897-1899. Chicago theaters include McVicker's Hooley's, Auditorium, Steinway Hall, Grand opera House, Power's, and others.
Enquirer Printing Co. Records
Abstract Chiefly correspondence between the Enquirer Printing Co. and the circuses for which it printed between 1948 and 1978. There are also photocopies of some ledger sheets from the 1920s concerning shipments to theater companies.
Evangelina E. Lewis Photographic Postcard Collection of the Philippine Islands
Abstract Collection of photographic postcards collected by Evangelina E. Lewis produced possibly by the photographer Samuel M. Shera. Postcards mostly depict figures, events, architecture, and landscapes in the Philippines.
Dates: approximately 1915-1916
Fort Sheridan postcard collection
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Fort Sheridan
Abstract This collection contains over 500 postcards acquired from the former museum at the Fort Sheridan U.S. Army Post (1887-1993). These materials relate primarily to World Wars I and II. There are many Chicago Daily News Postals printed of European locations during World War I, as well as views of military life in several American installations, such as Camp Custer, Michigan. A small number of views related to topics such as medicine and the Red Cross are also part of this collection. Oversize box...
Dates: approximately 1914-1945
Frances Wells Shaw papers
Abstract Papers of Frances Wells Shaw of Chicago and Lake Forest, Illinois, wife of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. Bulk consists of material related to the frequent domestic and international travels of Frances Shaw during the first half of the 20th century. Includes her diaries, travel materials and memorabilia, and photographs. Also includes correspondence to and from Frances Shaw and her daughters, plus the diaries of her brother-in-law, Charles T. Atkinson.
Dates: 1866-1976; Majority of material found within 1925-1937