The Philip Jones Fellowship

The Philip Jones Fellowship award, now in its eleventh year, is a competition open to any interested individual or organization for the study of any aspect of ephemera. It is expected that this study will advance one or more aims of the Society:

  • To cultivate and encourage interest in ephemera and history;
  • To further the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera by people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of interest;
  • To promote the personal and institutional collection, preservation, exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials;
  • To serve as a link among collectors, dealers, institutions, and scholars.

Full details about the Jones Fellowship can be found here.

The $2,000 stipend can be applied to travel and/or study expenses, but cannot be used to purchase ephemera. How the stipend will be used, the possible outcomes of the project and its relationship to ephemera, when and how the project results will be disseminated; and its relevance to the goals of the ESA must be clearly stated in the application.

Former Jones awards have resulted in:

  • A study of Charles Magnus, one of the most prolific printers of ephemera in the nineteenth century
  • A study of an ephemeral guidebook The Negro Motorist Green-Book demonstrating how black Americans adapted to changes resulting from the automobile and the interstate highway system during the era of segregation
  • An elementary school teacher's project using ephemera to interest children in the social history of various cultures. View a copy of the elementary school curriculum developed by 2010 Awardee Laura Han
  • A study of the Victorian custom of exchanging snippets of hair and its relationship to archival documentation
  • A study of black church fans and their significance in shaping African American identity and community life in America
  • A book, Chinese in Hollywood, with over 180 images of ephemera related to the presence of Chinese and Chinese Americans in Hollywood and in the film and television industries.
  • A study of Will H. Bradley’s bicycle advertisements and how their design invoked gendered ideologies in order to sell bicycles to women.
  • A study of Yellowstone National Park travel scrapbooks from 1880 to 1970 providing unique and varied accounts of the changes in travel through the park reflective of changes in society.
  • The Fruits of Empire: Contextualizing Food in Post-Civil War American Art and Culture, examining how everyday representations of fruit provided a platform for artists and viewers to engaged in debates over land, labor and race issues.
  • Fighting Human Trafficking through Ephemera: Strategies for Education and Action, which highlighted ephemera used as an effective and unique form of communication in the struggle against human trafficking.

This Philip Jones Fellowship Fund was established with a generous donation by the family to ESA, and has served us exceedingly well. But . . . the well gets lower each passing year, and in order to continue this excellent outreach on the continuing basis it has proven it deserves, it is critical that additional monies flow into the coffers of this fund. Please seriously consider helping out!


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Ephemera Society
Post Office Box 95
Cazenovia, NY 13035