Magazine article California History

California Ephemera Project

Magazine article California History

California Ephemera Project

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Advertisements, catalogs, tickets, billheads, flyers, and other artifacts of historical and cultural significance are distinguished by their ephemeral, or temporary, nature. Yet, the insights they provide into aspects of daily life-business, community, social trends and movements, modes of travel, to mention but a few--are invaluable. Accessibility and preservation provide an opportunity for these items--often the only surviving records for some topics--to endure.

CHS's ephemera collections, focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century California, are now more accessible through the California Ephemera Project (CEP)--a portal to the ephemera collections at California institutions via the Online Archive of California. With the goal of offering greater public access to these collections, the CEP processes and describes the ephemera of four initial partners: the California Historical Society, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, the San Francisco Public Library, and the Society of California Pioneers. The project was awarded a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant by the Council on Library and Information Resources with funding by the Mellon Foundation.

CHS launched the CEP website (www.californiaephemeraproject. org) in September 2010; accounts of the project's development are documented in its blog, "36 pages or less" (www.36pagesorless.wordpress.com), named for one of the yardsticks used to determine if an item qualifies as ephemera. …

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