2012 Ephemera Society of America Fellowship
The Ephemera Society of America invites applications for the Philip Jones
Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera. This competition, now in its fifth
year, is open to any interested individual or organization for the study
of any aspect of ephemera — material defined as transitory printed
documents. It is expected that this study will advance one or more aims of
— To cultivate and encourage interest in this material;
— To further the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera
by people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of interest
— To contribute to cultural understanding;
— And to advance the personal and institutional collection, preservation,
exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials.
The $1,000 stipend can be applied to travel or study expenses. The
expected form and outcome of the project and its relationship to ephemera;
when and how the outcome will be disseminated; and its benefit to
furthering the goals of the ESA should be clearly stated in the
application. Stipend money cannot be used to purchase ephemera items.
Ephemera includes a vast amount of paper material such as advertisements,
airsickness bags, baseball cards, billheads, bookmarks, bookplates,
broadsides, cigar box labels and bands, cigarette cards, clipper ship
cards, board and card games, greeting cards, sheet music, maps, calendars,
blotters, invitations, luggage labels, menus, paper dolls, postcards,
posters, puzzles and puzzle cards, stock certificates, tickets,
timetables, trade cards, valentines, watch papers, and wrappers. These
are but a handful of examples. Please see the ESA website at
www.ephemerasociety.org for more information about ephemera.
The Fellowship selection criteria include: 1. the importance of the
project; 2. how it will be shared with ESA members and the public; 3. and
the project’s relationship to ephemera and the mission of the Ephemera
Society of America.
Applications are due January 15, 2012. Specific application instructions
for this fellowship can be downloaded at
http://www.ephemerasociety.org/JonesFellowshipInst2012.pdf. In order to
be considered these instructions need to be followed.
The applicant’s resume should include the applicant’s experience and proven
abilities to carry out this project. The completed application should be
sent electronically to: ESAJones@cox.net Decisions will be reported to
the successful individual or organization by March 1, 2012 and will be
announced at the Society’s annual meeting and conference March 17, 2012,
in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. The successful candidate is expected to
write an article about the project for an issue of the Society’s Ephemera
News, and also prepare a presentation about the project for the following
year’s annual conference.
Examples of previously funded proposals are:
A study of Charles Magnus, one of the most prolific printers of
ephemera during the nineteenth century, was in some ways simply a
job printer, producing a wide variety of books, maps, prints, and
single sheet items, but is worthy of study because so little has
been written about him.
Study of a specific ephemeral object, “The Negro Motorists Green
Book” providing insight into the ways that black Americans
responded to racial segregation, how they adapted to the changes
in American life resulting from the automobile and the interstate
highway system, and how they found ways to confront racism while
grabbing onto middle class life.
An elementary school teacher’s project involving the school
community in a project using ephemera to interest children in the
social history of various cultures. This project also produced a
lesson plan for an assignment that is available for other teachers
The Victorian custom of exchanging snippets of hair.