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Broadsides are single-sheet publications, historically printed on only one side. The Boston Athenæum’s collection of approximately 6,500 items is strongest in material from the 19th and 20th centuries. The American Civil War, poetry, governmental proclamations, musical ballads, theatrical programs and advertisements are the categories most strongly represented but a wide range of other political, religious, and historical subjects are included. Many of the broadsides are rare and some are unique due to their ephemeral nature. 

 

Stanley E. Cushing
Anne C. and David J. Bromer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts

 

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