About the California Ephemera Project

The California Ephemera Project (CEP) provides access to the finding aids of ephemera collections at California institutions. The ephemera collections described span from 1850 to the present, and contain advertisements, announcements, brochures, catalogs, menus, pamphlets, billheads, theater programs, clippings, bylaws, flyers, tickets, travel guides, and more. Collections represent California businesses, associations, schools, institutions, and clubs; events ranging from world's fairs and earthquakes to parades and protests; buildings and structures, including the construction of Bay Area bridges; and extensive biographical files on both well-known and little-known Californians. Funded by a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant awarded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to process and describe their ephemera in 2009-2010, the initial partners on the California Ephemera Project include the California Historical Society; the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society; the San Francisco Public Library; and the Society of California Pioneers, all located in San Francisco.

California Historical Society


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender Historical Society


Society of
California Pioneers


San Francisco Public
Library History Center