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Research Guides

Historical Visual Materials Collections: Artwork and Ephemera

This guide lists a variety of research materials such as photographs, architectural plans, postcards, historical maps, artwork and ephemera.

About Artwork and Ephemera Collections

Artwork from 1800s-2000s including engravings, drawings, watercolors, and paintings by various artists. Also visual ephemera including such things as souvenirs related to gas, food and lodging, as well as, fruit and other labels, trade cards, matchbooks, business cards, first day cover envelopes, and other materials. 

Digital Collections

Collector's Club of Seattle Ephemera Collection 

The finding aid to this collection includes links directly to individual images in digital collections; however, not all images are linked to their description in the finding aid. The entire collection is digitized, and is available in digital collections.

Decorated and Decorative Paper Collection

Early Advertising of the West, 1867 - 1918

Fashion Plate Collection

Menus Collection

Napoleonic Period Collection of Political Caricatures

Postcard Collection

The finding aid to this collection is incomplete and does not link directly to images in digital collections. However, postcards in this collection are available in digital collections.

Society and Culture Collection

Vietnam War Era Ephemera Collection

War Poster Collection