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Racial and Ethnic Ephemera Collection, 1845-2011

Racial and Ethnic Ephemera Collection, 1845-2011
Mss. 1.05
6.75 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents
The racial and ethnic ephemera collection contains various materials regarding race, ethnicity, and racism in the United States.  The collection includes papers and items that promote racial prejudice and propaganda.  The collection also contains items and papers that exemplify the fight for civil and equal rights.  African Americans are the most broadly represented group in the collection.  Other ethnic groups include Native Americans, immigrants, Chinese Americans, and Jewish Americans. Through this collection, the American struggle of racism and prejudice is realized.
The collection is divided into three series, printed, visual, and interactive material.  Each of these series is then further categorized into specific movements, attitudes, or ethnic and racial groups.  Series one is divided into the sub series, Civil War Prints, Black Stereotypes, Life in Jim Crow, The Klu Klux Klan, African American Accomplishments, Lost Cause Ideology, Native American Representations, Chinese Representations, Anti-Immigration Publications, The Civil Rights Movement, Black Labor and Unions, and the Communist Stance on Civil Rights. The second series, visual materials, are first divided into subseries according to format.  These sub series include advertising, collectors, and trading cards, greeting and postcards, stereograms, video covers and scrapbooks.  These subseries are than further divided into racial categories.  Categories include African American imagery, Native American imagery, Chinese Imagery, and Anti-Discriminatory images. The last series contains board games, which are divided into subseries based on their racial categories. This subseries are African American, Chinese American, and Muslim American.
African Americans
African Americans--Biography
African Americans--Caricatures and cartoons
African Americans--Education--Virginia
African Americans--History
African Americans--Suffrage
African Americans in popular culture
African Americans in the performing arts
Blaxploitation films
United States
Child development
Child psychology
Chinese Americans--Caricatures and cartoons
Chinese Americans--Legal status, laws, etc.--History
Communism--United States
Cuban Americans--Public opinion.
Indians of North America
Lutheran Church--Periodicals
Lutherans--United States--Periodicals
Parent and child
Political cartoons
Race awareness--Simulation methods
Race discrimination--Simulation methods
Race relations
Race relations--1960-1970
Race relations--United States--History--19th century
Race relations--United States--History--20th century
Role playing
United States. Congress. Senate--Elections, 1932
Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951
Welfare--Caricatures and cartoons
Welfare recipients--Public opinion
World War, 1939-1945--United States
Advertising cards
Birthday cards
Board games (activities)
Board games (game sets)
Card games (game sets)
Christmas cards
Collecting cards
Comic strips
Fliers (printed matter)
Greeting cards
Plays (document genre)
Postage stamps
Satires (document genre)
Sheet music
Stereoscopic photographs

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

Administrative Information

03/10/2009. Additions are being made to this collection on an ongoing basis.
Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Various gifts and purchases..

Acc. 2007.80 was purchased 8/30/2007. Acc. 2007.81 was purchased 8/30/2007. Acc. 2008.32 was purchased 5/1/2008. Acc. 2008.46 was purchased 5/16/2008.   Acc. 2008.64 was purchased 6/9/2008. Acc. 2008.94 was purchased 9/10/2008. Acc. 2008.95 was purchased 9/10/20008. Acc. 2008.159 was purchased 12/19/2008. Acc. 2009.063 was purchased on 2/24/2009. Acc. 2009.036 was purchased on 1/19/2009. Acc. 2009.147 was purchased on 4/6/2009. Acc. 2009.151 was purchased on 3/30/2009. Acc. 2009.180 was purchased on 4/29/2009. Acc. 2009.181 was purchased on 4/29/2009. Acc. 2009.226 was purchased on 5/25/2009. Acc. 2009.235 was purchased on 5/31/2009. Acc. 2009.305 was purchased on 7/17/2009.

Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Acc. 2014.123-Acc. 2014.125 purchased for Swem Library with support from the SCRC Donors Fund.

Related Materials

See also:

- Individual titles in the Manuscript Sheet Music Collection (Mss. 1.07), in particular Box 48.

-Individual items in the Manuscript Artifact Collection

For similar material relating to race, ethnicity, and racism outside of the United States, see the Ephemera Collection, Mss. 1.02.

Preferred Citation
Racial and Ethnic Ephemera Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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