Long Island University
The course will provide an overview of ephemera collections and their management in libraries and archives. It will consist of half-day lectures, exercises, and discussions, and half-day tours of ephemera collections at institutions around New York City. In-class topics will include understanding and identifying different types of ephemera, the history of ephemera in relation to print culture and the history of printing and publishing practices, the relationship of ephemera to other materials in library and archival collections, the collecting and acquisition of contemporary and historical ephemera, the cataloging, processing, and housing of ephemera collections, how to provide access to ephemera in a library or archives reading room, security issues, the potential uses and research value of ephemera collections, and the ephemera of the future. Field trips will include visits to the Grolier Club, the New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Tamiment Library, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the New-York Historical Society. The course will be supplemented by readings from archivists and librarians, historians of printing, and other scholars who use ephemera in their research.
No required textbook.