Political and Presidential Ephemera Collection, 1786-2001, MS 3126

Collection summary


Political and Presidential Ephemera Collection


National Archives and Records Administration

Call number

MS 3126

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22 boxes, including 3 oversize items.


The collection of 1,250 pieces of stolen ephemera was recovered from Barry Landau’s apartment by the National Archives and Records Administration in 2011. The provenance of these remaining orphaned items was never fully traced. If your institution believes any item from this finding aid was taken from your holdings please contact specialcollections@mdhs.org

Administrative summary


H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21218



Access restrictions

Permission to view this collection must be granted by Library Director.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.


Placed on deposit at the Maryland Historical Society on 7/24/12, 5/13/13, 8/1/13, and 9/12/13

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Processing note

Processed by National Archives staff and Maryland Historical Society staff, 2012- 2013. Finding Aid created by Eben Dennis in 2013.

Scope and Content 

This collection consists of 1,250 pieces of political and presidential ephemera recovered from the apartment of Barry Landau. The National Archives gave each item from the investigation a unique number which is noted in the column on the far right of the container list. The numbers are sequential for the most part, starting with NARA#45 and ending around NARA#10,040. Some numbers are out of sequential aorder due to the fact that some items were returned on different dates, some items are oversized, and some items were added to our deposit at a later date and never assigned a NARA#. For our purposes each item needed a unique box and folder #. The NARA number is mostly useful for future tracking of the items if any new information about the provenance is revealed. Several items in the collection have already been returned to their rightful libraries before this finding add was finished. They have been left on the inventory, and their removal was noted.

For more background on the Barry Landau theft you can read the following articles.

Eliza Gray’s article, “The Collector” from the New Rpublic http://www.newrepublic.com/article/politics/magazine/98537/collector-barry-landau-memorabilia-theft

The FBI Bulletin here


in the Baltimore Sun


See related collections at MdHS for more information: 

Ephemera Collection- Political Series R 

Download pdf of entire inventory

Container List

Boxes 1-3

Boxes 4-6

Boxes 7-9

Boxes 10-12

Boxes 13-15

Boxes 16-18

Boxes 19-22