About the Broadsides & Ephemera Collection

The Broadsides and Ephemera Collection contains broadsides, pamphlets, form letters, posters, newspapers, tickets, and other short printed items dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century (with the majority dating from the nineteenth century). Truly an interdisciplinary collection, the Broadsides and Ephemera Collection includes materials related to political campaigns, politics, theater, dance, popular entertainments, immigration and emigration, advertising, travel, expositions, military recruitment and campaigns, as well as issues related to race, class, gender, and religion.

The collection is divided into two sections. The U.S. Broadsides include over 4,100 pieces of published in the United States. The International Broadsides include 1,400 pieces published outside of the United States, primarily in Europe.

The Duke Libraries have digitized the entire U.S. section and are in the process of publishing the images through our Digital Collections. Over 2,300 of the digitized broadsides were published on this site in November 2012. The remainder were added in June 2013.

The materials in the Broadsides & Ephemera Collection are made available by Duke University Libraries for the purpose of research, teaching, and private study. Duke University does not hold the copyright in any of these materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Broadsides & Ephemera Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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