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Durable Trifles

Adrian Seville

A Collector's View of Ephemera:

  • How to recognise the different types of collector.
  • Why may the views of collectors about ephemera differ from those of curators and librarians?
  • How curators and librarians can usefully engage with collectors, using them as experts, website owners, volunteers, and through crowd-sourcing.
  • “Collectors decide whether a rug is art, whether porcelains are art, whether paintings are art” – what is the relevance of such a statement for the field of juvenile ephemera?
  • For what purposes may definitions of ephemera and types of ephemera be useful to collectors?
  • Are the library/museum requirements of collectors compatible with those of historians who use printed ephemera as sources?
  • Priorities and practicalities in cataloguing – is the excellent the enemy of the good?
  • What collectors want from digitisation – examples of good and bad practice.
  • Death and Taxes – issues in disposing of a collection.
  • The presentation will be illustrated by examples from the speaker’s collection of printed board games.

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