About: Every Book(mark) Has a Story

Display Information

This exhibit is a digital exhibit only, originally published on March 24, 2022.


This exhibit was created by UNT Special Collections Staff. The main contributors to this exhibit are Meagan May, Caroline Moore, and Rachael Zipperer.

All the materials featured in this exhibit come from the James Flowers Collection of Ephemera Found in Returned Library Books.

Object photography for this exhibit was done by Megan Gellner.

Collection items for this exhibit were digitized and described for the Portal to Texas History by Adriance Rhoades.

Continue Exploring

Continue to explore the materials, ideas, and topics discussed within this exhibit. The links below provide access to related materials on other websites that you may find interesting.

There are many more items in the collection that are not digitized. The finding aid for the collection provides a full inventory of the items and a means to request physical access to the entire collection in the Hughes Reading Room.

UNT is not the only library with an interest in found objects from returned books. You can view the finding aid for the Stitt Library Found Ephemera Collection, and read about Ali Beaudette’s installation in Greenville, Rhode Island, to continue exploring ephemera collections.


Society of American Archivists definition of ephemera

Altermatt, R., & Hilton, A. (2012). Hidden Collections within hidden collections: Providing access to printed ephemera. The American Archivist, 171-194.

Burant, J. (1995). Ephemera, archives, and another view of history. Archivaria, 40.

Popek, M. (2011). Forgotten bookmarks: A bookseller’s collection of odd things lost between the pages. New York: Perigee.

Rickards, M., Twyman, M., De, B. S., & Tanner, A. (2000). The encyclopedia of ephemera: A guide to the fragmentary documents of everyday life for the collector, curator, and historian. New York: Routledge.

Additional Links