Ephemera files

What is ephemera?

Ephemera is the collective name given to material which carries a verbal or illustrative message and is produced by the printing process, but is not a standard book or periodical format.

A general description of the material in these files is that they are usually flimsy or insubstantial.  They are documents produced for a specific purpose and were not intended to survive.  Material can be of a social, cultural, commercial and official nature.  These files include invitations, programs, newspaper clippings etc.

From "Ephemera", by Chris Makepeace, 1985

Accessing the Ephemera files

The Ephemera Files contain invitations, programs, promotional materials, newspaper clippings and correspondence. The files are catalogued to folder level by subject and available online in the Heritage Collection database or they can be viewed at the Heritage Centre by making an appointment with Local History Services.

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Dance Card (F), 1887
Dance Card (F), 1887
Dance Card (V), 1887
Dance Card (V), 1887
Invitation_to_SM_Ball
Invitation_to_SM_Ball
South Melbourne Community_Chest_brochure
South Melbourne Community_Chest_brochure
Invitation to "Cinderella"
Invitation to "Cinderella"
Community_Chest_money box
Community_Chest_money box
Community_Chest_money box
Community_Chest_money box
Old_Folks_at_Home_Invite_SM
Old_Folks_at_Home_Invite_SM
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