Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The Wellcome Library

The Wellcome Library includes 43,000 16th-21st century ephemera relating to the history of medicine. This material is being surfaced through the Wellcome Library's online catalogue, through a blog (tag Ephemera)  and through Wellcome Images, where tags include advertisements and ephemera. Where they exist, full bibliographic records from the library catalogue are linked to images in Wellcome Images. Thumbnails appear in the corresponding catalogue entries.  Only c.10 per cent of the ephemera are fully catalogued, with box level records for the rest. Enquiries should be directed to library@wellcome.ac.uk.

Useful search terms for genres relevant to ephemera (select genre/medium in library catalogue search) are:

Addresses, Advertisements, Advertising cards, Advertising fliers (div by century), Albums, Almanacs, Auction catalogues, Badges, Bags, Ballads, Billheads, Blank forms, Blotting paper, Book covers, Bookmarks, Bookplates, Books printed as advertisements, Booksellers advertisements, Broadsides (subdiv geog & chron), Cards, Calendars, Cartes de visite, Cartoons (commentary), Catalogues, Certifcates, Christmas cards, Cigarette cards, Concert programs, Cut paper works, Cutouts, Devotional images, Direct mail, Display cards, England broadsides, Envelopes, Ephemera, Exhibition catalogues, Exhibition posters, Gameboards, Greetings cards, Handbills, Handkerchiefs, Invitations, Jigsaw puzzles, Keys (legends).Labels, Lantern slides, Leaflets, Letterheads, Library catalogues, Lottery tickets, Magazine inserts, Manufacturers catalogues, Membership cards, Membership lists, Menus, Motion picture posters, Optical toys, Packaging, Panoramic views, Paper toys, Photographic postcards, Pictorial envelopes, Playing cards, Postage stamps, Postal stationery, Postcards, Posters, Price lists, Proclamations, Programs, Prospectuses, Protest posters, Publishers catalogues, Puzzles. Raffle tickets, Rebuses, Regulations, Sales catalogues, Sheet music covers, Souvenir programs, Stationery, Stickers, Theater programs, Theatrical posters,  Tickets, Trade cards, Trade catalogues, Transfer sheets, Transparencies, Valentines, Visiting cards, Wall charts, War posters,  and Window cards.

Wellcome images also has a Facebook page and can be followed on Tumblr, Flickr and on Twitter (@wellcomeimages).

© Wellcome Images / Wellcome Library, London

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