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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Ephemera Collection
 PR 264

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 18, 2020
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Access restrictions

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Use restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Related Materials at the New-York Historical Society

A more extensive collection of ephemera, primarily from the 19th century, can be found in The Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera, PR 31.

The Marilyn Gelfman Karp Collection of Ephemera, PR 279 includes ephemera from WWI and WWII as well as other 20th century ephemera.


The Ephemera Collection was compiled by New-York Historical Society from various sources. 510 advertising postcards were donated by Bert Hansen in 2000. Erotic advertising cards were donated by photographer Andreas Feininger in the 1990's, and the Schreyer family in the early 2000's. The remaining items were acquired through staff or individual donations. It is anticipated that items will continue to be added.


The collection is open for ongoing additions.