John Springer Printing Ephemera Collection
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Scope and Contents
The Springer Ephemra Collection contains more than 1,600 items and more than 400 calling cards -- in excess of 2,000 items in all -- organized into 19 boxes. Items have been grouped by format (e.g., calendars in Box 1, tokens in Box 18), by subject (e.g., paper in Box 3, advertising materials related to food in Box 12) and by events (e.g.,1893 World's Fair in Box 10, Iowa City events in Box 14). Few of these groupings are entirely systematic and related materials, however defined, can often be found in more than one place in the collection.
In addition to the ephemera pieces inventoried here, Springer (1850-1937), an Iowa City printer, presented some 2,000 books documenting or illustrating the history of printing. These titles are held together as a collection in Special Collections and are cataloged on InfoHawk. A shelflist in card format is also available in the Special Collections department.
- Creation: 1866-1934
- Springer, John (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.
8.50 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Advertising agent, printer, and newspaper editor, of Iowa City, Iowa. Correspondence, clippings, printed matter, memorabilia, and other material relating to printing and advertising.
This list outlines the physical organization of the collection, which differs from the intellectual organization described under "Components."
Box 1: Book Sellers and Publishers' Catalogs and Advertisments, Calendars, Correspondence, Iowa, Political Literature
Box 2: Advertising Literature, Printers and Publishers
Box 3: Paper
Box 4: Printing Machinery and Equipment
Box 5: Type Foundries and Agents
Box 6: Type Foundries and Agents
Box 7: Printing Presses
Box 8: Equipment, Professional Organizations
Box 9: Advertising Literature
Box 10: Expositions, Theatrical Materials
Box 11: Political Literature, Lodge and Club Literature
Box 12: Advertising Literature
Box 13: Advertising Literature
Box 14: Iowa
Box 15: Iowa
Box 16: Photographs, Miscellaneous
Box 17: Calling Cards, Miscellaneous
Box 18: Souvenirs, Miscellaneous
Box 19: Clippings
Method of Acquisition
The Springer collection was bequeathed to the University of Iowa by John Springer upon his death in 1937. There was an addendum in 2003.
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