Rare Book School offers a Seminar on Ephemera, Nov. 10-12

RBS Seminar: Exploring Ephemera (10–12 November)

Date: 11 November 2019 – 12 November 2019
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m. Sunday; 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Monday; 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Tuesday
Location: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and the University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press
Presented by: Catharine Dann Roeber, Jeanne Solensky, Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire, Emily Guthrie, Jesse R. Erickson, Rebecca Johnson Melvin, and Mark Samuels Lasner


The Rare Book School (University of Virginia) is sponsoring a two-day seminar at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and the University of Delaware Library on Monday and Tuesday 11–12 November 2019, preceded by a group dinner on Sunday, 10 November.

This seminar has been designed to be of interest to curators, collectors, and librarians of all kinds who care for, research, and teach with ephemera collections, but signup is open to anyone with an interest in the topics covered. The cost to attend the seminar is $500.

As space is limited, signup for the seminar will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage “early bird” registration before 7 October to improve your chances of getting a seat.

A block of rooms will be available at a discounted rate at the Courtyard Marriott Newark-University of Delaware; transportation will be provided to and from the hotel each day.
Seminar Description

Drawing on the remarkable holdings of two Delaware institutions—Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and the University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press—this two-day workshop offers an opportunity to explore the history, production methods, typography, circulation, use, and meaning of ephemera produced from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries in America and Britain. Hands-on study of the physical nature of ephemera will be the main emphasis of the seminar, but the value of the materials for scholarship, teaching, and exhibition purposes will also be considered.

Students with varying levels of experience and expertise are welcome. In their personal statements, students should provide a brief description of their interest in ephemera, to help inform the seminar examples and presentations.
Seminar Schedule