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The Enduring Value of ‘Ephemera’: Postcards from Scotland


Do you ever consider the potential value of today’s’ ‘throw-away’ items to future historians? Imagine how your emails, texts, Tweets and direct messages could be used to explore your life and the world in which you lived.

In fall 2019 students in UNIV*1200, ‘The History of Stuff’, spent a semester exploring Guelph’s extraordinary archival collections of ephemera, and came up with projects that reveal the exceptional evidentiary value of the postcard. Though we are long from its ‘Golden Age’ in the early twentieth century, the postcard has endured, especially as a medium of communication during travels. In this exhibit, we use Scotland as a case study to examine the richness of the postcard as an historical source.

We invite you to join us as we explore these ‘Greetings from Scotland’! 

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Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph Library, Guelph, ON

The Extraordinary History of Stuff Recipe Pamphlet Exhibit

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Welcome to our exhibit, which showcases the work of UNIV*1200 F '17.  Through the course of the fall semester, the class explored readings and participated in excursions to archives, museums and galleries, where we learned about the nature of ephemera, its status as historical evidence, and its use in historical scholarship.

We focussed our examination of ephemera on printed culinary material, and this exhbit is the culmination of our study of this form, and of eighteen specific sources held in the Archival and Special Collections unit at the McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph.

Melissa McAfee and Ryan Kirkby at the Library made this class possible: thank you for your commitment to our learning.

Enjoy the fuits of our labours ... we hope you will never see 'throw-away' stuff the same way again!

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