ACT Heritage Library Ephemera Collection

Ephemera is produced for a specific and immediate purpose and intended to be thrown away.  Some examples of ephemera include posters, brochures, flyers/dodgers, programs, tickets, invitations, menus, catalogues and paper-based promotional items such as coasters and napkins.

We collect ephemera because it:

  • is often the only record of an event, particularly of short lived organisations and reactive events
  • provides documentary evidence of business, community, social and cultural life
  • offers evidence of trends in communication, psychology of selling, consumerism, fashion, art and design
  • Has a display value

The collection is extensive and dates back to the very beginnings of the ACT.  We arrange our ephemera in five main categories:

1. General

2. Performing Arts

3. Visual Arts

  • List of Visual Arts files of invitations, posters, flyers and other promotional material concerning exhibitions in the ACT and immediate district.

4. ACT Government 

5. Posters 

  • List of poster subjects - items of A3 size and larger in all categories are filed as posters and are arranged by subject.