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Miscellaneous Subject Files

Identifier: Coll 240

Scope and Contents

This collection is an artificial, or intentional, collection created by gathering together examples of ephemera that had been acquired over the span of several years by staff in Special Collections. The collection includes advertisement cards; greeting cards; book catalogs; product catalogs; autograph books; and small publications relating to Communism, Socialism, Marxism, music and art, and other social topics.


  • circa 1874-1978

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Ephemeral publications are produced as single-use items, such as tickets, brochures, catalogs, menus, receipts, and greeting cards. They are often useful to the researcher as evidence of social and economic life in earlier times.


61.25 linear feet (94 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection contains ephemeral materials such as brochures, flyers, greeting cards, catalogs, and promotional or advertisement cards. The collection was formed by a former curator of Special Collections at the University of Oregon as a way to handle single items that were not a part of a larger collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by processing staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

  • Advertising cards Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • Artifacts Subject Source: Archiveswest
  • Catalogs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
  • Ephemera Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
  • Greeting cards Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
  • Leaflets Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
Guide to the Miscellaneous Subject Files
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by Zach Wegner
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA