I started book selling in London as Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints in 1976, and joined the UK Ephemera Society around 1980. Soon after relocating to the U.S., I found the ESA and have felt at home with our fellow paper enthusiasts ever since.
As a past president of the ABAA, and knowing most of the dealers in both the ABAA and the Ephemera Society, I feel I can help the ESA raise its professional standards and visibility.
My entire career working in manuscripts and special collections repositories has been devoted to preserving things that were not expected to last very long. Besides graduate degrees in history and library science, I have also earned certificates in fundraising management and have almost completed a program in museum studies. I’ve exhibited at Ephemera Society conferences and spoken at one annual meeting on my own ephemera interest: rulers, especially those made of paper.
My other collecting interests include Tucks State Belles postcards and pincushion postcards. I am most interested in continuing the Ephemera Society of America’s practice of excellent-quality conferences, and in encouraging a new generation of collectors to appreciate ephemera.
John is a retired Canadian CPA who has written prolifically about his collection of Ocean Liner ephemera, which he has now donated to The Bodleian Library at Oxford University. John’s recent book, Secrets of the Great Ocean Liners, captures some of the many highlights of his collection. He continues to acquire – and write.
John is now in his eleventh year of service (over many years, not consecutive) on the Board of the Society with a similar length of service on the Council of the British Ephemera Society. A passionate collector, John is also active at the Board level with local collector and historical groups in his retirement town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
I’ve been a rare book dealer since 1988 and from the beginning ephemera has been part and parcel of my inventory. I’ve been a member of the Ephemera Society since the 1990s and have exhibited at the Society’s annual ephemera fair every year since that time. The wonders and possibilities of ephemera continue to delight and educate me every day, and I welcome the opportunity to serve on the board to help continue to bring the endlessly interesting world of ephemera to as wide an audience as possible.
With my partner/husband Robert Staples, I have been a member of the Society almost from its inception. Together we were the second recipients of the Maurice Rickards Award (after Mr. Rickards). We were selected for our designs for museums and the extensive use of ephemera in our exhibitions. In truth, it is through searching for visual materials for exhibitions and getting to know the collections of our museum clients that I was seduced into the world of ephemera. Recently, I have had the pleasure of using my museum contacts to develop the programs for the past two mid-year gatherings.
I hope to continue to expand our outreach to museums, archives, and libraries with ephemera collections and to encourage more scholars and curators to participate in the Society.
I have been a member of the Ephemera Society of America for many years and previously served two terms on its board of directors. As Senior Curator of Library and Archives at Historic New England, I have had the opportunity to significantly expand our collection of ephemera related to everyday life in the New England region. In order to share this collection with the public and to raise awareness of it, I have published articles, curated exhibitions, lectured, and given numerous tours. I believe the Ephemera Society has a vital role in disseminating information about the value and importance of ephemera, and I look forward to contributing my knowledge and expertise to help.
I am a historian and a retired librarian and hold a Ph.D. in history and a graduate degree in library science. Having served in library management for twenty-five years, I recently worked for the past six years as a full-time consultant for Heritage Auctions, specializing in political Americana, rare books, and manuscripts.
I have authored, edited, and co-edited seven books, including Lincoln’s Campaign Biographies (2014), President James Buchanan: A Crise of National Leadership (2011), and The Annotated Lincoln (2014). A long-time member of the Ephemera Society of America, I am a life-long collector. I collect pre-1900 presidential campaign biographies and Abraham Lincoln material, including ephemera.
I am a retired regional sales manager from 3M and as part of my position there I organized a large number of meetings and conferences, so when I first started working with the board the conference position seemed like a natural fit.
I’ve been a collector and dealer since the 1990s and have served as the ESA conference chair for the last 12 years. I served as a board member for two terms starting in 2008. We’ve focused on expanding the conference to more presentations around a specific theme each year and have worked to expand our presenters to include authors, academics, and topic specialists. In the last couple of years, we’ve added virtual conferences with accompanying virtual fairs to give our members more value and to provide activities throughout the year. I want to focus on more ways to bring new and younger members to our organization.
A member of the Ephemera Society of America’s Conference Planning sub-committee, I am a baseball fan, historian, and vintage ephemera and card collector. I have written about vintage baseball cards and early 20th century minor league baseball, and gave a talk, 19th Century Baseball Ephemera: Early Marketing of the National Pastime, at Ephemera 35. That talk later appeared in The Ephemera Journal (Volume 17, Number 3).
My personal website is devoted to early 20th century Southern minor league baseball cards. I am currently an Emeritus Professor of English at West Chester University (Pennsylvania) where I founded Aralia Press, a fine printing imprint that issues contemporary poetry. I co-founded the acclaimed West Chester University Poetry Conference, and established the WCU Poetry Center. I live in West Chester, Pennsylvania and am a long-suffering Phillies and Cubs fan.
Ephemera from the book trades are my primary interest, including booksellers’ labels, binders’ tickets, bookplates, prospectuses, publishers’ catalogs, “how to canvass” instructions, etc. As Curator of Books and Digitized Collections at the American Antiquarian Society (where I have been since 2004), I am also responsible for the library’s hundreds of thousands of pamphlets. Many are the only surviving copy of these ephemeral publications. This is what in excites me most about all forms of ephemera – they often provide information about the everyday lives of ordinary people that doesn’t exist elsewhere.
Through my work as a curator and historian of popular entertainment, I have dealt with a wide range of ephemera, ranging from postcards and playbills to banknotes. In the context of my position as Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection, I am actively involved in the cataloging and collecting of theatrical ephemera. I have written two books on the history of the American circus and contributed essays on a printing history, numismatics, and theater history to a number of different publications. I curated an exhibition this fall at Houghton Library about immigration and the American stage that is comprised almost exclusively of ephemera, some of which has been acquired at ESA fairs of recent years. With this background in writing and thinking about ephemera, I know that I can contribute to the growth and development of the ESA as the organization looks to its future.
As the Administrative Director of our Society, Mary Beth manages the day-to-day activities of running the organization. She handles membership, publication design, layout and distribution, member inquiries and assistance, annual conference and fair details, as well as numerous other responsibilities.
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Diane is one of the Society’s founding members, and has attended every fair and conference.
She has created articles and talks nationally and internationally, and designed symposia in partnership with the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collection Librarians, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Strong Museum of Play, the American Antiquarian Society, the Clements Library, Winterthur Library and Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, The Library Company of Philadelphia. She and partner Robert Dalton Harris, under the name aGatherin’, specialize in researching and selling ephemera, with a specialty in the history of communication. aGatherin’ has appraised large archives for The Library of Congress, New York State Library, Fashion Institute of Technology, Smithsonian National Postal Museum and others. They were jointly awarded our Maurice Rickards Award in 2008, and received the American Philatelic Society’s Luff Award for excellence in philatelic research in 2016.
Diane collects electric toasters and related ephemera. She is especially attracted by the manuscript record of everyday life.