Background & Physical Collection
The term ephemera refers to anything short-lived or ephemeral, and is generally printed paper material that was meant to be thrown away. This includes printed matter such as brochures, handbills, memorabilia, pamphlets, tickets, timetables, etc. Printed ephemera often documents events that are recorded nowhere else, making them a valuable resource to researchers. Our collection of ephemera materials centers on people, places, and events in the Santa Clara Valley, and dates back to the late 19th century.
The Digital Collection
The Ephemera Collection currently includes a representative selection of ephemera from the California Room Collection. New images are added to the collection as they are digitized. If you are interested in keeping up to date with the latest additions, you can sign up for the collection RSS Feed.
For additional information about using images in this collection, contact the SJPL California Room.