Young Scholar Projects – Call for Research Presentations

The Ephemera Society of America (ESA) welcomes presentations from young scholars for our annual conference. This year’s theme is “Coming to America; The Immigrant Experience”


One of ESA’s core goals is to examine the way ephemera expands our understanding of American cultural and social history. Our conference offers a welcome place to share new historical information based on ephemera research. The Young Scholar Sessions are designed to invite you to share your knowledge about ephemera, to discover the endless research possibilities in working with primary sources, and to discover the joys of investigating and collecting ephemera.

Ephemera 37 featured an undergraduate student (Dartmouth College) and a graduate student (University of Indiana), who discussed projects they completed using ephemera from their special collections libraries. Ephemera 38 featured University of Delaware undergraduate students discussing ephemera in Delaware's Special Collections, and a visiting faculty member discussed his students' research utilizing Delaware’s African-American postcard collection. In 2019, our fourth year of the Young Scholars Panel, Susan Matherne (Vermont College of Fine Arts) will use ephemera to discuss her research on German immigration to Louisiana.

Are you engaged in research that uses ephemera in your school’s collections? If so, and you would be interested in making a PowerPoint presentation for the Young Scholars Session at Ephemera 39, we ask you to follow these guidelines:

  • The Young Scholar Session convenes Thursday, March 14, 2019, 4:30 PM at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Old Greenwich, CT.
  • You must submit a short abstract (75-100 words) of the research topic by January 15, 2019;
    • Include up to five images of the ephemera to be presented;
    • Include a short bio;
    • Send all materials to the ESA office:
    • If you have questions, contact Michael Peich:;

When your paper is accepted for the conference, you will receive complimentary admission to the 2019 conference, and a one-year membership in ESA.

Share your ephemera discoveries with a like-minded, national group. You will enjoy expanding your academic horizons!

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At Ephemera 36, undergraduates from Trinity College discussed projects they completed using ephemera in the Watkinson Library. (From left to right: Rachel Koladis, Meghan Crandall, Carsten Lohan, Henry Minot.)

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