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Printed ephemera

Ephemera are, generally speaking, advertising and information materials. These reflect the society and everyday life of their time, which is why they are important research sources.

Ephemera are Sweden's most frequently printed materials and form a large part of our collections. It is material published by companies, institutions, organisations, and associations such as: 

  • Almanacs
  • Advertising material
  • Annual reports and other corporate publications
  • Brochures
  • Local government documents
  • Maps
  • Organizational material
  • Parish newsletters
  • Posters
  • School yearbooks
  • Timetables

Requesting ephemera

You request ephemera through our request form. Describe what you are looking for in the request form. We will contact you once we have processed your request, generally within a week.

Request ephemera through this form

You read the material in the Special Collections Reading Room. You need to book a seat in advance in the Special Collections Reading Room and have a library card to read the material.

Book a seat in the Special Collections Reading Room

Apply for a library card

Find out more about printed ephemera

In a previous exhibition on ephemera, we highlighted different prints. The exhibition catalogue gives a good overview if you want to know more about ephemera.

See examples of ephemera in the exhibition catalogue (PDF, 5 MB, in Swedish, new tab)


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People in swimwear and with parasols. Illustration.

Closed for summer 10–23 July

We will not process requests from 10 to 23 July.