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Catholic print ephemera collection

Identifier: CSC-005

Scope and Contents

The Catholic ephemera collection is an artificial collection of ephemeral items on American Catholicism. Items in the collection have been created or published by various Catholic organizations in the United States. The collection includes a variety of material types, such as brochures, pamphlets, prayer cards, publicity materials, and newsletters. The materials were published throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Accruals are frequent.


  • Creation: 1900-2018

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the U.S. Catholic Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

History of Catholic Ephemera in the United States

The term "print ephemera" refers to printed materials that were meant to last or be used only for a short period of time. Typically these items would include publicity materials, pamphlets, brochures, greeting cards, and the like. The print ephemera of Catholic publishers and creators can reveal insights into the everyday material culture that influenced Catholics' faith and daily devotional practices.


7.5 Linear Feet (The collection is held in 15 boxes.)

Language of Materials

Multiple languages


The collection is arranged alphabetically by series. Items are alphabetized by the name of their publisher or creator. publisher or creator of each item, with a different series for each letter of the alphabet.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

Guide to the Catholic print ephemera collection
In Progress
May 29, 2018
Description rules
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Repository Details

Part of the University Libraries Repository

300 College Park Dr.
Dayton Ohio 45469-1360