Printed Ephemera Collection
The Printed Ephemera Collection contains published programmes, posters, menus, advertising, pamphlets, and other material relating to New Zealand, the Pacific, and New Zealanders overseas.
The Printed Ephemera Collection forms part of the Alexander Turnbull Library collections.
The collection has more than 190,000 ephemera items dating from the 1840s to the present. Subject strengths include theatre and entertainment, politics and activism, horticulture, war, Māori, tourism, alcohol, and environmental issues.
Types of items include:
- posters - including advertisements, protest posters, political, theatre, and music posters
- pamphlets - including advertising, political propaganda, tourist brochures
- sales catalogues - including plant and seed catalogues, building supplies catalogues, department store mail order catalogues
- theatre programmes for performances in music, drama, opera, circuses, and other variety shows. For productions after 1950, we concentrate on collecting material from the Wellington Region.
- agricultural show programmes
- sports programmes covering major codes and athletics
- postcards and greeting cards
Access to the Printed Ephemera Collection
Original materials in the collection are available at the Library's Wellington Reading Room.
Digital copies of selected items are available through their record pages. Use the Gallery view while searching to see them. Photographic and digital copies of some pictorial items are also available at the Library's Reading Room.
Get copies from items in this collection
The Library can provide copies of available ephemera material if it does not harm the physical state of the original, or breach copyright. We provide photocopies for research purposes, or digital copies for publication. As an alternative to photocopies, visitors may use their own digital cameras to make copies for private research purposes only.