American Broadsides and Ephemera

American Broadsides and Ephemera includes fully searchable facsimile images of approximately 15,000 broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900 and 15,000 pieces of ephemera printed between 1760 and 1900. The remarkably diverse subjects of these broadsides range from contemporary accounts of the Civil War, unusual occurrences and natural disasters to official government proclamations, tax bills and town meeting reports. To see just how far libraries have come, check out the Library Rules for Bowdoin College in 1829, when the library was open from noon till 1 p.m., and freshman could only have out one book at a time (but seniors could have four).

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