Many libraries, including the Everett Public Library, keep what are called pamphlet or vertical files. These include flyers, pamphlets, brochures, small booklets, and other textual ephemera, and can often be difficult to catalog and share with the public.
Despite the challenges involved with organization, these materials offer a glimpse into the day-to-day stories of a community. In addition to their informational value, items in these collections are often works of art. Thanks to digital technology, libraries can make scanned views of these items easily available online.
Presented here is a growing collaborative collection of Snohomish County textual ephemera drawn from the Everett Public Library’s Northwest History Room and other County heritage collections.