Auckland Libraries: Ephemera


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​Ephemera is a term for printed material originally intended to have a limited life-span.

Printed material, such as programmes, posters, tīkiti, flyers and kāri, were originally produced to pass on details about specific issues, activities, events, products, and services.

Ephemera includes:

  • pamphlets
  • programmes
  • posters
  • sales catalogues
  • advertising fliers
  • invitations
  • orders of service
  • political campaign materials
  • postcards.


Ephemera collections can be found at the following locations:


Ephemera Index

You can locate items from the collection at Sir George Grey Special Collections in the Ephemera Index.

Christmas card from WWI.

A Christmas card for World War 1.