Ephemera are, generally speaking, advertising and information materials. These reflect the society and everyday life of their time, and that is why they are important sources of research.
The ephemera are not included in the library catalogue, but you can request and read them in our Special Collections Reading Room. We are currently unable to process ephemera requests. Read more on this under the heading Important information concerning requests.
Ephemera are the most frequently printed materials in Sweden, and form a large part of our collections. It is material published by companies, institutions, organisations and associations such as:
- Advertising material
- Annual reports and other corporate publications
- Local government documents
- Organizational material
- Parish newsletters
- School yearbooks
Important information concerning requests
Due to repairs in our external storage location, we are unfortunately unable to process ephemera requests. We hope that the collection will be available again after summer.
Find out more about ephemera
The majority of ephemera is delivered to us straight from the printers, thanks to the Legal Deposit Act. We do not catalogue the material, though it is organized by publisher and subject category.
In a previous exhibition on ephemera we highlighted different prints in the categories politics, health, leisure and popular movements. If you want to know more about ephemera, the exhibition catalogue gives a good overview.