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Broadsides and printed ephemera collection

Identifier: Coll 521

Scope and Contents

Ephemera is defined as materials, usually printed documents, created for a specific, limited purpose, and generally designed to be discarded after use. This collection includes printed ephemera and broadsides, a single sheet with information printed on one side that is intended to be posted, publicly distributed, or sold.

Materials include posters, leaflets, tickets, ballots, advertisements, proclamations, timetables, maps, notices, and newspaper clippings. Materials cover a broad range of subjects but the bulk of the collection relates to Oregon elections, party politics, and community events.


  • 1780-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1849-1970

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

This is an artificial collection assembled by Special Collections and University Archives.


7.25 linear feet (12 containers) : 1 manuscript box, 1 flat box, 9 oversize folders, 1 tube

Language of Materials



The broadsides and printed ephemera collection is an artificial collection containing printed posters, notices, proclamations, brochures, advertisements, leaflets, programs, and other ephemera. The bulk of the collection represents Oregon events, politics, and history.


Collection is arranged geographically into the following series:

Series 1: Oregon State and Territory, 1846-2015 Series 2: Washington State and Territory, 1871-1975 Series 3: California, 1860-1969 Series 4: United States, 1780-1940 Series 5: International, 1864-1940

Series 1: Oregon is further divided into the following subseries by subject matter:

Subseries 1.1: Agriculture, land use, and natural resources, 1849-1981 Subseries 1.2: Arts and literature, 1846-1919 Subseries 1.3: Crime, 1879-1916 Subseries 1.4: Education, 1830-1960 Subseries 1.5: Finance, 1869-1919 Subseries 1.6: Industry, business, transportation, and labor, 1855-1959 Subseries 1.7: Military, 1855-1948 Subseries 1.8: Politics and government, 1852-1984 Subseries 1.9: Science and medicine, 1913-1948 Subseries 1.10: Social life and customs, 1856-2015

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase from Cultural Images, Portland, OR, 2018. Gift of Ephemera Society of America, 2023.

Processing Information

Collection is processed.

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

Guide to the Broadsides and printed ephemera collection
Revise Description
Alexa Goff, revisions by Paige Kosa
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