Monday, 25 June 2012

Further ephemera at Yale (1)

In addition to the wonderful collection of 18th century British trade cards and other ephemera at the Lewis Walpole Library (see June 7 post), Yale hosts a plethora of collections devoted to or including ephemera (and prints).  This is a brief overview. Further occasional posts will explore these resources in more depth

A search for ephemera of the Center for British Art takes the user to 66 individual and collection-level records.

The exhibitions pages include a description of an exhibition (from 2010) Art for all: British posters for transport.

Through Discover Yale Digital Content  you can find digitsed ephemera from.various libraries, galleries and museums under the Yale umbrella, including the Yale Center for British Art, Peabody Museum, University Art Gallley and University Library.  There are 1573 entries under board games, for example (screen shot), 3418 under trade card, and 3272 for playing card (including the major Cary Collection of Playing Cards at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscipt Library, which also also has a dedicated searchable database).

The Discover Yale Digital Content Advanced Search enables more sophisticated searching. Results can be restricted to resources available online and by repository. Genres (such as the above) can be found through the  keyword search.

Primary Sources at Yale is an educational tool where primary materials from all twenty two of Yale's libraries can be searched irrespective of format. Ephemera are divided between Visual materials, Realia and Printed or published texts.

(C) Yale University

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