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Prints, Posters and Ephemera

A guide to prints, posters and ephemera at The Huntington.

Toucan brand citrus label.The Huntington holds 900,000 historical prints, posters and ephemera that date mostly from the late 1700s to the 1960s. Areas of strength include American commercial lithography, British satirical prints and educational ephemera. This extensive assemblage of American and European works on paper demonstrates the rich visual imagery, evolving graphic design styles and practical printmaking methods of everyday items. Among the many formats and genres present are almanacs, book illustrations, broadsides, billheads and letter sheets, children's literature, invitations, political ballots, product packaging, rewards of merit, sheet music and trade catalogs.

Detailed information about prints, posters and ephemera can be found in the following essential resources:

‚ÄčImage credit: Toucan brand citrus label. Approx. 1919. ephJLC_CIT_001031, Jay T. Last Collection.


The Huntington Library's collections are open to current readers and qualified researchers by prior application to the Reader Services Department. Alternatively, requests for reproductions are welcome from all researchers and the public. 

To learn more about The Huntington Library's access policy and Imaging Services options, see our Researching at The Huntington Library guide. 

Current readers may learn how to request collections for viewing in the Ahmanson Reading Room by visiting our Access Rare Materials page.