Documents encompass all manner of printed and handwritten forms, from deeds and birth certificates to licenses and passports. These pieces of paper may contain signatures, making them of interest to autograph collectors, but documents do more than capture John Hancocks—they are official records of the circumstances surrounding particular moments and events, often witnessed and documented, if you will, first hand.

For those fascinated by militaria, documents offer windows into armed conflicts via battle orders, maps showing troop movements, and even wartime letters home recounting an assault or counter attack. On the homefront, documents can reveal the health of a business, as in an itemized billhead listing goods ordered or sold. Contracts and promissory notes, whether handwritten or filled in on a form, can be used as primary source materials by historians and genealogists. As for stock and bond certificates, these documents may have represented the promise of wealth in the future, but today they are usually collected for less lucrative reasons like nostalgia or aesthetics.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Ephemera Blog

Ephemera Blog

Marty Weil's wide-ranging, in-depth blog on ephemera, including lots of great interviews with ephemera collectors. … [read review or visit site]

Ephemera Society of America

Ephemera Society of America

Great reference on ephemera... includes examples and descriptions of various ephemera categories, selected special … [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1778, Revolutionary War, Payment For Homespun Linen, Jeremiah Wadsworth 1776 Continental Currency One Shilling Colony Of New Jersey March 25, 17761677 Colonial New York New Jersey Signed Document Bergen Grant Nicholas Bayard *1787, Oliver Wolcott Jr. Signed Order To Prosecute Case Of BlasphemyPrime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Handwritten Letter With Free Franked Envelope1839 Republic Of Texas Land Survey Signed By Texas Patriot Jacob Snively In 18471776, North Castle, Supplies Delivered To The Army, Joshua Sands Signed1768, Connecticut Treasurer , John Lawrence, Payment For Assembly Expenses1759 Anson County Nc Arrest Warrent Colonial Revolutionary King George Colony1920年代--1935年中國國民黨老文件5件 China Kuomintang Chinese 5 Old Documentsɝ1713, Flatbush, New York, David Provoost, Signed Land Transfer, Abigall PieterseNetherlands Travel Document With Rare Israeli Law Of Return Immigrant VisaColonial Virginia 1774 King George Iii Arrest Of Richard Byrd Doc.1722, Flatbush, New York, Jan Waldron, Signed Land Transfer, Lefferts FamilyGerman Wwii Deutsches Reich Work Book Arbeitsbuch Fur Auslander Child Labor Rare1975年台灣中國國民黨蔣介石總統遺囑 ȔVery Rare 1614 Spanish Colonial "sale Of Slave" Document Bolivia 16141820-1930s (100+)stamps,letters,documents,receipts,checks,covers,signatures Lot!China 1929 Kwangtung Court Document, Sun Yat Sen Pictures, RareTwo 1920 1935 Vintage U.s.a. Diplomatic Passport Books Consulate Rangoon Burma Beverley Randolph Signed Land Grant 1789 W/ Seal Virginia Governor No Reserve Orig. 1853 Liberty, Texas Bill Of Sale For Named Female Slave & Children; $10001994年中國國民黨主席李登輝簽發的中國國民黨中央委員會榮譽狀及中央委員會信封 China Taiwan Kuomintang Chinese DocumentOriginal 1861 Confederate $5.00 Note Richmond Sept. 2, 1861 Afine Look!Pennsylvania Colonial Indenture Legal Document 1805 York County John Penn VellumYork Maine Town Invoice 1791 Signed William Frost Revolutionary War Patriot1729, Gowanus, New York, Jacob Bennett , Signed Land Transfer, Adreain BennettPennsylvania Colonial Legal Indenture Document 1770 York County John Adlum 1794 Pa Survey Order 400 Acres Ezekiel Maddock- Not Of Last Purchase Of IndiansAmoy China Singapore 1931 The Oversea Chinese Bank $20808 Deposit Documents Rare1837 Seminole War Document For 250 Army Artillery Forage Caps By Maker Wm. HillVermont Court Document 1810 Sgd By Nathaniel Wheatley. Revolutionary War PatriotPennsylvania Colonial Memorandum Legal Document 1749? York County Lancaster Co Rare 1708 French Document W/tax Stamp 1708 1815 Ma/me Signed Documents Congressmen Isaac Parker Samuel Thatcher Supreme CtInteresting Vintage Us Passport With Us London Embassy Passport Revoked Stamp1929年國民黨中執委印行于右任題名“中央週報”第50期--總理病況經過及逝世時情行 China Chinese Kuomintang Old Magazine1815, R.c. Vose, Postmaster, Als Re: War Of 1812 Is Over, Peace Talks AcceptedSet Of 3 Orig. Confederate War Bond Coupons 1861-64 Unc!Lot 50 Deeds Items 1800s Miller Cole County Missouri Henley Tuscumbia Marys Home1748, Roger Wolcott Jr. Signed Abiel Abbot Family, Estate Land Settlement 26488 Gb-queen Anne 1712 Receipt For £2000 Signed By (lord) Marsham1786, Pelham, New Hampshire, Tax Collector And Surveyor Signed Documents1793 Berwick Maine Deed Signed Dudley Hubbard John Frost Edward Hayman *****Vintage Israel Travel Reisepass Passport 1965 ! W Us , Germany Entrance StampChina 1935 Kwangtung Court Document, Sun Yat Sen Pictures, Scarce1780, Somers, Connecticut, Sale Of Horse To The Continental Army, Plus Two Other1931 Letter From Kutien Missionary, Fukien China, Bandits, Kidnapping, Etc. 1823 Maine Document Signed Senator Prentiss Mellen And Young James W Bradbury?1929年中國國民黨中執委印行于右任題名“中央週報”第52期--馮玉祥禍國害民的罪狀 China Chinese Kuomintang Old MagazineWhiskey Ledger Of The Iven Distillery Henley Missouri Mo Eldon Eugene Miller Co.1860 Phila Ship Manifest - Ship Tonawanda Of Cope Line Signed By Capt Julius1929 Obsolete United States Passport Agatha Wieboldt Chicago Retail FamilyEarly New York Fishing Tackle Company Letter!1794, Captain William Pickett, Orders To Sail, From Moses Brown, Newburyport2- 1929 Letters From Uk Hing Girls School Kutien, Fukien China, Report CaptureWwii Document Postcard 1944 Camp Maxey Texas 158th Engineer Ww2 Vtg Military 2March, 1865, General Orders, William Emory Takes Command Of The Rail RoadsQuaker Marriage Certificate Chester County Pa: Marshall Way Family