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Special Collections: Ephemera

Ephemera Collections

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There are two Ephemera Collections:


This consists of  historical and contemporary (mostly) paper ephemera; greeting cards, private view cards, maps, cigarette cards, travel guides, club flers.  It also includes matchbooks, mail-order catalogues such as Argos, Littlewoods, boxes and carrier bags.

Middlesex Ephemera

This collection consists of corporate and student publications produced by the art and design courses at the Hornsey College of Art, Middlesex Polytechnic and more recently Middlesex University. Items iclude prospectuses, diaries, posters, architectural plans for Cat Hill, exhibition catalogues and private view cards.

Ephemera Collection

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The Ephemera Collection contains a fascinating array of historical and contemporary (mostly) paper items which would normally be thrown away, such as greeting cards, maps, flyers, private view cards.  It also has matchbooks, mail order catalogues, carrier bags and many other items.


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Access to the Materials Room


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The Materials Room is usually open from 12pm to 3pm Monday to Friday during term-time for University staff and students. Please see the box below for the weekly opening times.

Please contact the email to make an appointment outside these hours but still within our core hours on Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, or for more information about the using the Special Collections.
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Accessing the Ephemera Collections

The Ephemera Collections are stored in boxes and kept in the Materials Room which is located in the Basement of the Sheppard Library, Hendon. The Materials Room is usually open from 12pm to 3pm Monday to Friday during term-time.

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Ephemera: Categories

This is a list of the categories in the Ephemera Collection

Catalogues - Argos
Catalogues – Children
Catalogues – Gift
Catalogues – Toys
Greeting Cards
London Transport
Matchbooks + Cigarettes
Paper Ephemera  
Postcards + Cigarette Cards
Private View Cards
Royal Souvenirs
Tart Cards
Sheet Music