Board of Directors
GEORGE FOX: I plan to be a strong voice in promoting the collecting and preserving of ephemera and representing you to see our Society membership and its benefits grow well into the 21st Century.
George is Vice President and Senior Auctioneer of PBA Galleries: Auctioneers and Appraisers Rare Books & Manuscripts in San Francisco. On the personal side George describes himself as a “passionate collector of 19th Century paper Americana, trade cards, advertising and social ephemera, and have been since a lad of 12 years old.” As a former board member in the 1990s, he has seen California membership grow from 67 in 2001 to 81 today. “I feel we need strong representation from the Golden State, and I am willing to provide that effort. I would like to see us sponsor more West Coast activities and invigorate our members to come East and attend our annual flagship Greenwich convention as well as promoting the organization nationwide.”
DAVID FREUND: I have long been a Society member, involved in collecting as well as thinking about ephemera. My article on personal visual albums appeared in the January issue. I also collect, have written about, and curated exhibitions of photo post cards. At Ramapo College, where I am currently Professor Emeritus, I chaired the Visual Arts for more than fifteen years, and headed the Arts and Lecture Committee, responsible for all college performances and exhibitions. For six years I was on the Board of the Society for Photographic Education, and for them chaired three national committees. It would be an honor and a pleasure to serve the Ephemera Society as a board member.
MOIRA HARRIS: Promoting the collecting and study of ephemera continue to be vital goals for our group. Introducing our members to the ephemera treasures found in regional collections via meetings and tours as well as the presence of our society at other conferences and conventions are ways to develop interest in the field, locally and nationally.
Moira and her husband, Leo John, joined the Ephemera Society in time for the Society’s 25th anniversary trip to England. Since then they have enjoyed the annual meetings, the ESA trips to Rochester, Pasadena, and Chicago with the opportunities to meet other ESA members and to see important collections. Ephemera has been a part of many articles and books they both have published. At a recent ESA convention they cast a new light on Minnesota history, presenting their book on the state’s ephemera. Moira, an art historian, has also written about breweriana, presidential birthday cards, political convention souvenirs, Sunbonnet Babies, and Curt Teich postcards.
THOMAS HORROCKS: As one who works in a library housing large collections of ephemera, I am acutely aware of the value of ephemera to anyone studying the history of various fields, such as business, politics, popular entertainment, and the performing arts. I want to help The Ephemera Society of America in its mission of promoting the value and the use of ephemera to all fields of study.
Tom and his wife Beth Carroll-Horrocks joined the Ephemera Society in 2008 and presented papers at the annual meeting that year. Trained as a historian and librarian, Tom is Associate Librarian of Houghton Library for Collections at Harvard University. Tom and Beth are both collectors; he collects William McKinley and 19th-century presidential campaign biographies, and Beth collects rulers.
SHERYL JAEGER: I have been involved with ephemera for 25 years (collecting childhood memorabilia and paper with a secret), and a member of the Society since 1991. With partner Ralph Gallo, as Eclectibles, my personal and business mission is The Promotion and Preservation of Ephemera. Sheryl Jaeger Appraisal Services is an Affiliate of the Appraisers Association of America. Other memberships include the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, The Manuscript Society, The Ticknor Society, The American Papercutters Guild, the American Game and Puzzle Collectors, the National Valentine Collectors Association. I feel that my experience and interests provide a unique prospective and advocacy in advancing the mission of the Ephemera Society.
BARBARA LOE: It is a privilege to work on the Board of Directors and to be able to give back to the Society. I am committed to expanding our reach into the community and to make more people aware of ephemera and its importance to our history as well as our everyday lives. Through my work on the conference committee, I am working to have lots of different types of ephemera across many different time frames represented in both our annual conference and our regional meetings.
Barbara began collecting ephemera about 15 years ago. As a retired sales manager for a Fortune 500 company, she has experience setting up conferences and programs at different venues across the country. Extensive job travel offered many opportunities to attend conferences and paper shows all over the country that sparked her passion for ephemera representing the life of the middle and upper classes over the last 200 to 300 years. Her special passion is trade cards and advertising materials, but she also collects rewards of merit, greeting cards, antique maps, invitations & tickets, celluloid, labels, Victorian scraps and fashion prints. As an avid collector and part-time dealer, she enjoys traveling the world to see ephemera collections and attend paper shows.
HENRY RAINE: I am interested in contributing my experience and perspective as a special collections librarian and as a teacher to the Ephemera Society.
Henry is Head of Library Technical Services at the New-York Historical Society, where he has worked since 1997 on managing large-scale grant-funded projects to catalog the collections of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, visual materials, and ephemera. Among these was a project from 2003 to 2006 to catalog the library’s collection of 18,000 American broadsides from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and a four-year project that began in 2007 to catalog a collection of 36,000 miscellaneous pamphlets from the 18th to early 20th centuries. For the past three years, he has taught a course on managing ephemera collections in libraries at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science in New York City. Henry is particularly interested in raising awareness among his librarian colleagues and students of the research value of ephemera and of the need for providing better access to these collections, which are often poorly cataloged and difficult to locate.
NANCY ROSIN: As your President, I hope to represent the interests of everyone, based on my own rewarding experiences as a passionate collector. Keenly aware of the diverse materials that exist, I hope to awaken interest in those who have not yet discovered the breadth, relevance, and joys of ephemera.
Nancy and her husband, Hank, have created several world-class collections. The pursuit of Japanese Sword Fittings (Tsuba), Japanese Nineteenth Century Photography, and Valentines and Expressions of Love, has significantly enhanced their lives. Nancy studied at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, and Teachers’ College at Columbia University. A fascinating summer at The Sorbonne, in Paris, was where her ephemera collection took its earliest form, gathering noteworthy French toilet tissue. While raising four children, the Valentine collection evolved, and now reflects the comprehensive history and evolution of the subject. Sharing her knowledge about the ephemera of love has been paramount, most recently at the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City and St. Bride’s Library in London.
JEREMY ROWE: Though I am a relatively recent member, I have collected, researched, and written about historic photographs for 30 years. My research revolves around ephemera and its role in unveiling stories about our past, as primary source research materials that are equal in importance to, and that extend, traditional text resources. Ephemera are under recognized and appreciated historic documents that carry embedded information which, once identified and released, provide significant opportunities to expand knowledge. I am active in the Daguerreian Society and National Stereoscopic Association and feel there may be opportunities for collaboration among these and other collectors’ organizations to expand the visibility of the importance of ephemera as historic resources.
JOHN G. SAYERS: I am a retired Canadian Chartered Accountant and long-time collector of ocean liner and other ephemera. I’ve served two previous terms on the Society’s Board; am in my fourth year on the Council of The Ephemera Society (U.K.); and contribute regularly to publications and websites of each one. I often write about ephemera for publications in the U.S. and the U.K. as a strong promoter of the collection of ephemera, and of the sharing of collecting information among national Societies. Although the long-term impact of electronic media on the creation of ephemera causes me to shudder, I recognize the vital importance of the ESA website and other electronic media in popularizing ephemera and disseminating information.
BRUCE SHYER: I want to continue to assist the ESA to promote all periods and types of ephemera, to share the joys of ephemera with fellow members by arranging for regional meetings and visits to library and member collections, and to reach out to non-members to dazzle the public with the stunning material we call ephemera.
Bruce, a retired lawyer, has collected ephemera for more than 30 years. He initially collected material relating to bookselling, but the beauty of other material caught his eye and he began to collect labels, die-cuts, stickers, and trade cards. Bruce has displayed items from his collections at the Book Club of California and the San Francisco Antiquarian Book Fair (black and red art deco, Uncle Sam). He organized a regional ESA meeting at Stanford University and hosted ESA members at his studio in Oakland. He was also coerced into acting as the MC at last year’s ESA banquet in Greenwich.
DONALD ZALDIN: I practice law in Toronto, but ephemera is like a second career. I was co-founder and Vice-President of The Ephemera Society of Canada for 17 years, from its inception in 1987, and am now active in Sherlockian societies. I’ve often given presentations to promote ephemera and to highlight my own collections (Dionne Quintuplets, Arthur Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes, Elizabeth Barrett Browning) as well as those of other collectors (Currier & Ives, the bicycle, Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland, The Hudson’s Bay Company, the Titanic). I look forward to helping the ESA Board fulfill its mandate to serve the interests of its dealer, collector and institutional members, and to promoting new membership.
The Ephemera Society of America, Inc.
P.O. Box 95
Cazenovia, NY 13035-0095