The Honor Roll of The Ephemera Society honors those who have contributed the most.
The Maurice Rickards Award is our highest honor. It was created to recognize involvement in the world of ephemera and ephemera studies. It is intended to be a very special and prestigious award granted only to strongly deserving candidates. Candidates for consideration must have made outstanding contributions to the field over a substantial period of time, and demonstrated pronounced engagement as a collector, dealer, researcher, teacher, institutional curator, and/or conservator.
It was created in 1985 to honor Maurice Rickards, the extraordinary man who founded The Ephemera Society of England and helped to establish our own Ephemera Society of America. Rickards, along with several other Englishmen and American Calvin Otto, had founded the Ephemera Society of England in 1975. Rickards was a guiding force behind numerous conferences and fairs, and published widely. His massive book Encyclopedia of Ephemera was published in 2000.
Recipients of the Rickards award are recognized with a large, specially cast silver medal.
Recipients of The Maurice Rickards Award:
1985 Maurice Rickards
1986 Robert Staples & Barbara Charles
1987 Georgia B. Barnhill
1988 Rockwell Gardiner
1989 Barbara Rusch
1990 John Grossman
1991 Deborah Smith
1997 Samuel Murray
1998 Stephen Paine
1999 Blair & Margaret Whitton
2000 Marcus McCorison
2002 Calvin P. Otto
2003 Peter Jackson & Valerie Jackson Harris
2004 John C. Dann
2005 Jay Last
2006 William H. Helfand
2008 Diane DeBlois & Robert Dalton Harris
2010 Jonathan Bulkley
2012 E. Richard McKinstry
2013 Philip H. Jones
2014 José Rodriguez
2017 Nancy Rosin.
2021 Alfred P. Malpa
The ESA Reward of Merit was created to recognize individuals for outstanding service / contributions to the Ephemera Society, or for dedicated participation in the field. A Reward of Merit designation does not exclude any recipient from possible future Rickards award consideration. Recipients receive a hand-lettered ESA Reward of Merit certificate, and a lapel pin.
Recipients of our Reward of Merit: