Collecting Ephemera

Collecting Ephemera
The third in the series of seminars organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the ABA Educational Trust was given by one of the most experienced and knowledgeable dealers in the area of printed ephemera, Valerie Jackson-Harris, Chairman of the Ephemera Society. 

To quote from the Ephemera Society's website (, “The term 'ephemera' covers a wide range of documents including leaflets, handbills, tickets, trade-cards, programmes and playbills, printed tins and packaging, advertising inserts, posters, newspapers and much more. In the words of the society’s founder, Maurice Rickards, 'the minor transient documents of everyday life'”.

Valerie's website can be found at - and there also this clip uploaded by the Ephemera Society to YouTube - English Paper Ephemera.  

The seminar was given on Tuesday 17 April 2012 at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. 

All the seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. Many of the talks are illustrated by actual examples. All are very welcome.