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Collection of pamphlets and ephemera

Identifier: BCA 0282

Scope and Contents

Most of the 344 published works in this collection document aspects of the political, economic, scientific, educational, and religious thought of persons and groups within the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Notable topics include Seccession, the American Civil War, Emanicipation, Reconstruction, government finances, and American partisan politics. Works in the final series originated in Canada, Switzerland, France, Great Britain, and Japan.


  • Creation: 1812-2008
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1840-1900


7 boxes_(general)

2.63 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials






This collection comprises small booklets, pamphlets, tracts, leaflets, circular letters, handbills, broadsides, event programs, and other printed matter of historical interest found in the holdings of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives. Most items were printed in the United States of America during the 1800s. The collection includes numerous publications produced as campaign literature for the national elections of 1864, 1868, and 1872. In addition to political pamphlets and ephemera, the collection also includes printed works on agriculture, economics, education, religion, and individual states within the USA. The collection concludes with a small number of nineteenth-century works published outside of the United States.


The collection is arranged in seven topical series.

Series 1: Almanacs and Calendars, 1893-1933
Series 2: Economics and Trade, 1822-1892
Series 3: Education and Science, 1833-1900
Series 4: The United States of America, 1839-1968
Subseries 1: Kentucky, 1847-1938
Subseries 2: Michigan, 1860-1881
Subseries 3: Works About and From Other States, 1839-1968
Series 5: United States Government, Politics and Politicians, 1812-1880
Series 6: Religion, 1844-1896
Series 7: International publications, 1857-1898

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The source and means of acquisition are unknown. However, most items in the collection may have been part of a Vertical File system that was abandoned circa 2000 or earlier. Additional, similar, found-in-collection ephemeral publications were added in 2022.

Related Materials

See also: Abraham Lincoln Collection (

Collection of Pamphlets and Ephemera:
A Finding Aid
In Progress
Timothy S. Binkley
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives Repository

Hutchins Library
100 Campus Drive
Berea Kentucky 40404 US