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American Broadsides and Ephemera


Digital collection of broadsides (1820-1900) and ephemera (1760-1900). Includes pamphlets, maps, invitations, menus, campaign literature, annual reports, programs, catalogs, and numerous types of printed matter. A subset database of America's Historical Imprints.  Background information and search tips for this database.

Access Locations: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), All Branch Libraries

Subjects: United States History; Manuscripts and Rare Books; American Studies

Notes: Based on the American Antiquarian Society's landmark collection, American Broadsides and Ephemera offers fully searchable facsimile images of approximately 15,000 broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900 and 15,000 pieces of ephemera printed between 1760 and 1900. The diverse subjects of these broadsides range from contemporary accounts of the Civil War, unusual occurrences and natural disasters to official government proclamations, tax bills and town meeting reports. Featuring many rare items, the pieces of ephemera include clipper ship sailing cards, early trade cards, bill heads, theater and music programs, stock certificates, menus and invitations documenting civic, political and private celebrations.

Dates of Coverage: 1760-1900

Provider: Readex

Format: Web

Output Type: Print, Download