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Elvin concluded by saying that "the vast scope and variety of African-American ephemera affords many opportunities for collecting at all levels." Members of the Ephemera Society are fortunate to have such an enthusiastic fellow-collector on the rolls!

Doing double duty, he also wrote an article on the same topic for the recently published spring issue of Ephemera News, the society’s quarterly magazine.Historical ephemera consists of items about actual experiences, activities, and cultural products, while Black memorabilia reflects what others perceived or portrayed about African-Americans.Historical ephemera represents an insiders’ viewpoint of African Americans and their world.As Elvin emphasized: "various forms of ephemera will have to be an important part of this museum's armamentarium of research, teaching, and display materials.Ephemera will become an increasingly important format for explaining the African-American experience…." Elvin illustrated his presentation and article with illustrations from his own collection.

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