Printed ephemera (2001)

This course addresses printed ephemera from several different directions, but principally with the needs of the curator and collector in mind. It will focus on 19th century British and French ephemera, though the general issues raised relate to all periods and to material in other languages. Classes will consist of a mix of illustrated talks on specific topics, discussion periods, and sessions spent looking at original items.

Topics include: processes used in the production of ephemera (in particular, transfer lithography and chromolithography); acquisitions policies and strategies; describing and cataloging ephemera; dating ephemera; terminology; digitization of collections.

Members of the class are invited – though not required – to give short accounts or presentations of focused collections in their care, whether private or institutional.

This course is taught in English.