Supporting the Acquisition, Study & Preservation of Ephemera
The Ephemera Society of America stands in the forefront in the support of the acquisition, study, and preservation of ephemera. We encourage both private and institutional collections and the conservation of materials, which might range from vital historic documents, to numerous lesser-known items, now deemed more important as the detailed history of our past is assembled.
An Atmosphere of Cooperation
While the study of ephemera is a valuable solitary endeavor, communicating with fellow enthusiasts becomes an invaluable tool and a way for expanded knowledge to be disseminated. The breadth of our membership, through meetings and our website, facilitates interaction with collectors, dealers, and scholars, and enhances your experience. Ultimately, an atmosphere of cooperation through scholarship, business, or the invaluable personal contact, enables the material to be shared in ways positive for everyone.
Ephemera Studies Programs
Ephemera is increasingly being used as source material. The Ephemera Society of America participates in ephemera studies programs, seeking to strengthen community awareness of the underlying meaning and uses for ephemera as an educational tool. Through school programs, such as National History Day, the outreach through our Speakers’ Bureau, and research awards from The Phil Jones Fund, we demonstrate our enthusiastic support for wide-ranging ephemera studies.
Care, Conservation and Consultation
Within our organization we have experts in several areas, such as the care and conservation of collections, appraisals and management and placement of collections who are available to assist members in finding a solution to their collection concern.
Scholarly Publications & Comprehensive Calendar of Events
Members receive three full-color magazines annually, in addition to a monthly electronic E-News that includes nationwide events relating to ephemera, ephemera related events and exhibitions. Additionally, a Membership Directory that includes members individual interests is available in print and via the members only section of the website.
Annual Conference & Ephemera Fair
The Annual Conference is always a stellar symposium now approaching its thirty-fifth year, covering a broad array of topics, and drawing on the academic and collecting community to create informative while entertaining programs appealing to our varied interests.
The Ephemera Fair is the finest fair of paper materials in the nation, drawing top exhibitors, and an equally enthusiastic audience. It has become the premier venue for fine ephemera, and is acknowledged to be a superior resource for collectors as well as institutions who seek unique items.
Among the more valuable assets we offer, is that of camaraderie. Sharing a passion is one of life’s great pleasures. The ESA offers information, answers, and the special bond of friendship among ephemerists. Our mission statement emphasizes cultivating and encouraging interest in ephemera and the history it discloses. Membership signifies your enthusiastic support and encouragement of our mission.
In the Mission Statement and on our website, you will find answers to the basic questions about the Society, but the answer to “Why join?” is a personal one. The Society reflects the aspirations and needs of the ephemera community; the how and why we use ephemera. By joining you will help shape the how and why answers for the promotion of ephemera.
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