Uppsala University Library

Swedish Ephemera

Printed items with historical and political content, from labor unions, advertisements, school catalogues, annual reports, historical tariffs, information material from departments and organisations, etc. This kind of material, however useless and unimportant it may seem in the eyes of contemporary people, is often a most valuable source material in historical research, since they mirror events and epochs in society during several centuries.

The material has usually not been catalogued, and therefore it cannot be retrieved in LIBRIS, DISA, or any other catalogue of the library.

The material is stored in capsules according to subject, and these are usually located in connection with the catalogued series.

According to laws from the end of the 17th century, Uppsala University Library should receive legal deposits, but these laws were not really followed until the middle of the 18th century. However, this means that the library over the years have received great amounts of legal deposits from printing houses and editors. Today only the Royal Library in Stockholm, the University Library of Lund and the Digital Collections Department at the Royal Library, with some exceptions, must keep the legal deposits.

In the collection we can thus find printed items from very old times and onwards, but we can only supply the users of the library with material printed before 1962. The uncatalogued collection from the period 1963-1999 is not available at present. Material printed after 2000 is saved to a much lesser extent.

How do you order ephemera?

When ordering it is important to give as adequate information and sources as possible. An order of uncatalogued printed material is taken care of by a group at the library performing investigations in the collections. These investigations are very time-consuming, and one must expect to have to wait up to one week before ordered material is available to the user. Sometimes a negative answer is given. The material can only be ordered to and read at the Special Reading Room at Carolina Rediviva, or sometimes it can be treated as an ordinary Reading Room loan. If you would like to make an order of ephemera, please contact the information at Carolina Rediviva, or send an e-mail ask.library@ub.uu.se.

Contact

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