Special Collections: Ephemera

Baseball card, American League 1966 Home Run Leaders, Ephemera Collection, Sports O – Z, Baltimore Orioles, 13 cards 1958-82, MdHS.

Baseball card, American League 1966 Home Run Leaders, Ephemera Collection, Sports O – Z, Baltimore Orioles, 13 cards 1958-82, MdHS.

How to Find Ephemera

The ephemera collection consists of over one million items containing obsolete money and lottery tickets, playbills, invitations, billheads, menus, tobacco labels, match books, bottle caps, and countless other types of materials. The collection is arranged arranged chronologically or alphabetically within series. Request items from the ephemera collection in special collections.  

Baltimore City Government

Hoen & Co. Imprints Schools and Colleges

Businesses and Manufacturers



CalendarsLottery Tickets and AdvertisementsSports




Concerts and Entertainment

Maryland State Government 


Dance Programs

MenusTrade Cards

Embossed Items



Financial Documents

OrganizationsUnited States Government

Fine Arts


Greeting Cards

Political Valentines

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Businesses and Manufactureres  

Includes business cards, advertisements, price lists, billheads, business stationery

B1 A

B2 Bac - Bay

B3 Be–Bo

B4 Br - Cen

B5 Ch–Cu

B6 D–E

B7 F–G

B8 H_Hur

B9 Hurs-J

B10 K–L

B11 Ma–Mez

B12 Mi–P

B13 Mencken Cigar Co.

B14 Q–Sc

B15 Se–Sz

B16 T–U

B17 V–Z

B18 Baltimore Hotel Collection


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Calendars—includes calendars published by business companies

C1 Undated, 1867–1906

C2 1918–1969

C3 1970


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Churches—includes confirmation certificates, lecture announcements, mass tickets

D1 A–D

D2 E–F

D3 G–R

D4 S–Z


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Baltimore City Government

E1-E2 Baltimore City, 1873-2009

E3 Baltimore Chamber of Commerce/Maps and Guides, 1835-1987

E4-E5 Baltimore City Events, 1880-1995

E6-E8 Maryland Counties, 1803-2004


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Concerts and Entertainmentannouncements and programs, etc.

F1-F6  A–Z

F7-F14 Academy of Music, 1874 - 1909

F15-F24 Baltimore Symphony, 1897–1991

F25 Music Hall, 1894–1904

F26 Oratorio Society of Baltimore, 1882–1917

F27-F29 Paint and Powder Club, 1894–1967

F30 Wednesday Club, 1877-1914

F31-F32 Baltimore Opera Co., 1971–1984


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Fine Arts—invitations and programs for exhibits, Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Art Place and more

H1 - H3,  A-Z


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Greeting Cards—all greeting cards except for valentines

I11-I22 Christmas, Birthday, Easter, Religious and Music, New Years, Thangsgiving, Halloween 


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Maritime—material pertaining to ships and shipping lines

J1 A-Z


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Maryland State Government K1 A–L K2 Maryland Day, Maryland anniversaries (tercentary, etc.), Maryland State Archives, Maryland State Fair K2a Maryland Department of Economic Development (tourism), Maryland Homecoming Week K3 M–Z (excluding Maryland)

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Menus—menus and winelists of dinners given for famous persons and/or dinners given by organizations

L1 A–B

L2 C–E

L3 F–H

L4 I–Mar

L5 Mas–R

L6  S

L7  T–Z

L8 Henry Powell Hopkins, 1950–1955

L9  Henry Powell Hopkins, 1956–1959

L10  Henry Powell Hopkins,  1960–

L11 Miller Bros.

L12 Wine and Food Society

L13 Wine and Food Society


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M1 General Military

M2 Civil War envelopes


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Organizations—programs, invitations, membership lists

O1 A

O2 B–Baltimore G

O3 Baltimore H–Col.

O4 Com–E

O5 F

O6 G–Ha

O7 Hc–K

O8 L–Maryland G.

O9 Maryland Historical Society

O10 Maryland Historical Society

O11  Maryland Historical Society

O12  N–O

O13 Pa–Po

O14 Pr–R

O15 S–Sn

O16 Soc

O17 Sod–U

O18 V–Z


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Personalcalling cards, invitations, marriage certificates

Q1 A–Bross

Q2 Brown–C

Q3 D–E

Q4 F–G

Q5 H–J

Q6 K–M

Q7 N–Ri

Q8  Ro–S

Q9 T–Wa

Q10 We–Z

Q11 Harry S. Scott Collection

Q12 Louise Kerr Hines African-American Ephemera

Q13 Arthur D. Gans Collection (magician; formerly PP136) 

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Politicalelection tickets, campaign literature

R1 1753-1879 (1 of 2) 

R1 1753-1879 (2 of 2)

R2 1880–1899

R3 1900–1929

R4 1930–1979

R5 1980–2002


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Schools and Colleges—diplomas, brochures, commencement programs

T1 A–G

T2 H–L

T3 M-P

T4 R-S

T5 T-Z

T6 Johns Hopkins University

T7 College of Notre Dame Alumnae Association, 1897–1923

T8  College of Notre Dame Alumnae Association, 1924-1993

T9 Peabody Institute, before 1862-1929

T10 Peabody Institute, 1929-1983

T11 University of Maryland


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Scrapbooks—clippings, monogram albums

U1  Cocheco Extra Fine Saltines(trade cards) 64961 Fannie Boyer (trade cards and stickers) 64184

U1a Anne Gordon Thom - Monogram Album Lithographers proofs 62307

U2.1a+b Faust

U2.2 Abercrombie

U2.3 Bragonier

U3 Theatre ephemera 65357

U4 Political Ephemera 74591

U5 Baldwin 74583

U6 Adele A. Smith(Mrs. Baldwin) w/PP69 76219

U7 Blanche Hungerford  with PP58  76488

U8 Teacher’s rollbook, advertising p.e., valentines, business cards  76695

U9 Carroll A. Hill (Was MD 970)  55000

U10 Freeburger (Was MD 970)   55322

U11 Fusco  001440

U12 Marbury/Fendall  001476

U13 [Annabel George] MSS transfer 75361

U14 Rosa Rand 001662

U15 John F. Hancock & Son  69932

U16 Elizabeth Taylor Goodwin (Mrs. Charles E.  Rieman) embossed designs scrapbook  003240

U17 Tradecards (Mr.& Mrs. William Merrick) 003088

U18 Samuel T. Morgan  003510

U19 J. Winfield Henry  Postcard Album  003776

U20.1-.5 Entre Nous Dance Club  003884

U21 Harry Scott  004108

U22 Birkhead Civil War, Nov. 1916

U23 Baltimore Tradecards (Frances A. Baldner) 1883

U24 a-c Symington 

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Sports—tickets, programs, baseball and football cards

V1 A–Z

V2 G–N

V3 O–Z

V4 Baltimore Colts football

V5 Naval Academy Football

V6 University of Maryland football


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Theatres—programs, playbills

W1 Albaugh’s Lyceum, 1889–1924

W2 A

W3 B–E

W4-W5 Center Stage

W6-W32 Ford’s Theatre and Grand Opera House, 1871–1919

W33-W35 F-R

W36-W41 Lyric Theatre, 1903–1990

W42 Maryland, 1900–1943

W43-W45 Morris Mechanic Theatre, 1968-1990

W46 Theatres, S–Z

W47-W70 Scrapbooks for various theatres, 1809–1951

W71-W76 Durkee Theatre Collection, 1922-1965


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Transportation—tickets, schedules and advertisements

X1 #-Ma (Except Baltimore and Ohio Railroad)

X2 Me-R

X3 S-Z

X4 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, #-R

X5 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, S-Z


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US Government

Y1-Y2 A–Z


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Z1 1845–1860s

Z2 1870s–1899

Z3 c. 1870–1899

Z4 1900–1950

Z5 1950–


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Juvenalia—Items made especially for children



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Embossed items 



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Dance Programs



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Lottery Tickets and Advertisements



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Tobacco—trade cards, advertisements

GG1  A-Z


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Financial Documents



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Trade Cards

KK1 Not illustrated

KK2 Illustrated


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Hoen & Co. Imprints



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