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Ephemera Paper for 2011 SAA, Chicago

How LaRC updated its ephemera collection.
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Leon Miller

on 15 March 2013

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Transcript of Ephemera Paper for 2011 SAA, Chicago

Individual printed items,
complete in themselves,
too small to justify
the time and expense
of cataloging. Provenance

Original order

Fonds Leon Miller
Head, Louisiana Research Collection
Tulane University, New Orleans Upgrading a "Traditional"
Ephemera Collection library "things" principles of
librarianship artifacts museological
principles Archival Values

Provenance
Original Order
Fonds Provenance
Original Order
Fonds Fonds
Provenance
Original Order Ephemera is transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day.

Wikipedia Materials, usually printed documents, created for a specific, limited purpose, and generally designed to be discarded after use.

SAA Glossary Ephemera includes a broad range of minor (and sometimes major) everyday documents intended for one-time or short-term use.

Ephemera Society Collection
Manuscripts
RESEARCH
Archives

versus

Corporate
(or institutional)
Archives Hodge-podge:

A confused or disorderly mass or collection of things;
a "mess" or a "jumble" Ephemera includes a broad range of minor (and sometimes major) everyday documents intended for one-time or short-term use. Includes newspapers, magazines, trade catalogs, and paper dolls. Ephemera Society of America Ephemera is transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Wikipedia pl. n. (ephemeron, sing.) ~ Materials, usually printed documents, created for a specific, limited purpose, and generally designed to be discarded after use. SAA Glossary "Brief uncataloged printed items, complete in themselves, with sufficient research value to be retained but not quite so much research value as to be worth a cataloger's time." LaRC
Working
Definition Ruthlessly weed. The mere act of "keeping" is not enough. It is the archivist's responsiblity to control collection development. Our ephemera database is the third or fourth most visited page on our website. Reserve
archival practice
for archives. Narrowly define
and ruthlessly weed. Ephemera: not just for
undergrads anymore. Ephemera can be an
invaluable outreach tool. larc.tulane.edu Be an
Archivist. Archival practice
is for archives. Is the document truly evidential or just
random information? The Louisiana
Research Collection
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