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We hold a diverse range of material which doesn’t fit easily into any of the other categories.  For convenience we classify this as ephemera. It includes true throwaway items, such as tickets and flyers.  It also includes letters, autograph books and a small collection of iconic objects. The British Institute of Jazz Studies collection (to be housed in our satellite collection in Birmingham) includes postcards, cigarette cards and adverts.

Much of our ephemera collection is unique. Some is powerfully evocative, for example letters or the autographs of jazz icons, collected by their passionate fans.

A handful of such items have been digitised and can be viewed here. Brief additional details are provided, including links to related collections, so you can widen your search.


All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that any intellectual property rights in the journals and images displayed have not been infringed. If you do not believe this to be the case then please contact us.

Due to copyright restrictions, some digitised items cannot be viewed over the internet: these are indicated by the National Jazz Archive logo. However, you can view them online by visiting the Archive. To arrange a visit call (from the UK) 0208 502 4701, email us directly using the address, or use our easy-to-use contact enquiry form.