State Library of South Australia

Donating ephemera

Ephemera describes printed items which were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity. It includes posters, postcards, menus, invitations, flyers, political stickers, election material covering Federal, State, Local council and Referendums, theatre and festival programs and calendars.

Why keep ephemera? Because most people don't. It is "here today, gone tomorrow" material.

The State Library has a large ephemera collection which provides a visual and written record of South Australian society from 1836 to the present day. It provides an important record of social life, popular culture, beliefs and design styles. Sometimes the only information available about an organisation, an artist, a performance can be found in the Library's ephemera collection. Today's ephemera will be resource material for researchers of the future.

The Library does not collect objects such flags, clothing; tickets; badges unless produced for elections, referendums or for a particular protest group or non- South Australian ephemera material.

No photocopies, originals only and these items must be in reasonable condition.


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