Broadsides and printed ephemera collection, 1780-2015  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Broadsides and printed ephemera collection
1780-2015 (inclusive)
1849-1970 (bulk)
7.25 linear feet, (11 containers)  :  1 msb, 1 flat box, 8 oversize folders, 1 tube
Collection Number
Coll 521
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.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

Of special interest in the series of California materials are two military-issued public notices ordering Japanese residents of the Presidio in San Francisco to evacuate, for the purposes of internment.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives. 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 & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Broadsides and printed ephemera collection, Coll 521, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Or.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Oregon State and Territory, 1846-2015Return to Top

This series includes printed material related to the State of Oregon or Oregon Territory. The bulk of the materials document notable organizations, events, and politics of the region.

This series is arranged by subject matter.
Container(s) Description Dates
1, 2
Subseries 1.1: Agriculture, land use, and natural resources
This subseries includes materials related to farming, land, and resources of Oregon. This includes agricultural products and exhibitions, land claims and notices, farming equipment, recycling, and the timber industry and products.
1849-circa 1971
1, 2, Oversize Folder 1
Subseries 1.2: Arts and literature
This subseries includes materials related to poetry, theater and performing arts programs, high school concerts, and advertisements for books.
1846-circa 1957
1, 2, Oversize Folder 1
Subseries 1.3: Crime
This subseries includes wanted posters and materials relating to crime in Oregon.
1, 2, Oversize Folder 1
Subseries 1.4: Education
This subseries includes posters, fliers, and brochures related to educational institutions in Oregon including normal schools, secondary schools, and higher education. Materials relate to fundraising, special events, lectures, commencement activities, and curriculum.
1, Oversize Folder 1
Subseries 1.5: Finance
This subseries includes posters and notices related to banks, financial law, and personal and public budgets.
1, 2, Oversize Folder 2, Tube 1
Subseries 1.6: Industry, business, transportation, and labor
This subseries includes stock certificates, business maps, department store catalogs and ads (including Meier and Frank), and public notices for incorporation or dissolution. It includes printed materials and posters related to legal representation, activities of corporations, activities of transportation enterprises such as steam navigation and railroads, fair labor practices, and labor strikes.
1, 2
Subseries 1.7: Military
This subseries includes posters and clippings relating to supply requisitions, armed conflicts in the region, and notices from the U.S. Military.
1, 2, Oversize Folder 3
Subseries 1.8: Politics and government
This subseries includes mayoral proclamations, editorials on ballot issues and candidates, event fliers, brochures, party tickets, ballots, entry tickets to national conventions, party propaganda, posters, and a bumper sticker. Materials cover municipal, county, and state politics and government administration in Oregon during the early twentieth century--including Eugene, Salem, Portland, Jacksonville, Astoria, and others. Activities of the Republican party, Democratic party, Union party, Progressive party, and Socialist party are represented.
1, 2
Subseries 1.9: Science and medicine
This subseries includes posters, fliers, and advertisements for medicines and immunizations.
1, 2, Oversize Folder 4, Oversize Folder 5
Subseries 1.10: Social life and customs
This subseries covers subtopics related to outdoor recreation, holidays, celebrations, fairs, sporting events, religion, social movements, and social and fraternal organizations. Forms of materials include invitations, postcards, menus, tickets, leaflets, and fliers. Ephemera includes official charters and fliers for events held by organizations such as the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Pioneer Association, I.O.O.F, and KKK.

Series 2:  Washington State and Territory, 1871-1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, 2, Oversize Folder 6

This series includes printed material relating to politics, social life, timber sales, theater (Walla Walla Outdoor Drama), and business in Washington.

Series 3:  California, 1861-1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, 2, Oversize Folder 6

This series includes posters and clippings related to wildfires, labor strikes, Civil War politics, and protests (including Berkeley People's Park).

Also included are two military public notices ordering Japanese internment during WWII (Civilian Exclusion Order No. 41). The notices are "Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry" living in the Presidio of San Francisco.

Series 4:  United States, 1780-1965Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, 2, Oversize Folder 7

This series includes posters, bounties, leaflets, and ads related to recreation, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rocky Mountain Club, State of Massachusetts Bay, and political parties.

Series 5:  International, 1864-1940Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, 2, Oversize Folder 8

This series includes posters and notices related to the Philippine-American War and (possibly Burmese) social propaganda.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Advertising--United States
  • Elections--United States
  • Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Manners and Customs
  • Transportation--Columbia River Region
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon Territory
  • Oregon--Politics and government
  • United States--Oregon
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Broadsides
  • Printed ephemera