Out of the Ordinary: Preserving Paper-Based Ephemera

July 8, 2015 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Out of the Ordinary: Preserving Paper-Based EphemeraThis symposium will examine the myriad of challenges faced in preserving a wide variety of non-standard paper items produced in the 19th and 20th centuries, including paper dolls, greeting cards, posters, maps, blueprints, baseball cards, miniature books, scrapbooks, and oversize objects. The size, the use of mixed media, and the often transient nature of these objects add to the complexity of their preservation needs. The symposium will address the need to retain basic preservation guidelines while creatively developing effective storage, handling, and exhibition strategies and solutions for a variety of items.

This program is intended for curators, librarians, archivist, collection managers, and others involved in the care of collections that include paper-based objects large and small.


  • Mary Weaver Chapin, Phd, Curator of Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum
  • Barbara Fahs Charles, Principal, Staples & Charles
  • Joan Irving, Paper Conservator and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
  • Crystal Maitland, Paper Conservator, Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration & Refreshments
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Program

$95 for CCAHA and Ephemera Society members / $110 for non-members.

Funding for this program was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Morning Break sponsored by the Ephemera Society of America.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.