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Ephemera Collection

Identifier: RG-70

Scope and Contents Note

The collection contains photographs, audio/visual material, and artifacts related to Museum events and its history.


  • 1901-2013

Restrictions on Access

Some audio/visual materials in Series III have viewing and sharing restrictions - see Series III notes.

Conditions Governing Use Note

Notification of intent to publish, quote, or cite archival materials is required. Contact the archives via

Biographical / Historical Note

This material has been gathered from a variety of sources and does not necessarily represent an effort on the part of any museum office to either collect or disseminate it, although some material may have been created by the museum's offices. The collections of posters and materials from the Museum store were, of course, meant for public dissemination through purchase. The provenance of this material is largely undocumented.


17.6 Linear Feet (In 5 record center cartons, 2 letter document cases, 1 half letter document case, 21 clamshell boxes, 5 slide boxes, 2 cd boxes, and 1 binder -- still needs film and FF added.)

Language of Materials



Various materials (print and non-print), not easily categorized as part of the official records of the Museum but which document exhibitions and other aspects of Museum history in a unique way. This collection may have been produced for a specific short term purpose or, in the case of artifacts, for a purpose other than documentation. May or may not have been created by or for the Museum.


This material is divided into eight series: Artifacts, 1932-2008; Archives Photograph Collection, 1901-2012; Archives Audio/Visual Material Collection, 1977-2013; Archives Non-Textual Materials Collection, 1933-1993; Archives Poster Collection, 1962-2001; Archives Textile Collection, 1977-1995; Awards, Certificates, Proclamations, and Resolutions, 1910-2013; and Postcards, approximately 1933-2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Found in the collection. The provenance of this material is largely undocumented.

Accruals Note

Additions to the collection are likely.

Finding Aid of the Ephemera Collection, RG 70
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives Repository

4525 Oak St.
Kansas City MO 64111 United States