The Ukrainian political ephemera collection is a unique collection of materials spanning the period of time from Ukraine's first post-Soviet presidential election in 1991 until the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014, and the local elections in 2015. In addition to election ephemera, the collection includes materials on politics in Ukraine in the late 1980s, the protest movements in the 1990s, the Orange Revolution and the Euromaidan movement, which reflect the turbulence of political transformation within Ukrainian society. The political campaign materials represent major and minor political players in Ukraine and showcase the changing political scene throughout the years. Other ephemera demonstrate the development of civic society and political activism. The total number of items exceeds 9,000 and encompasses various formats including posters, fliers, brochures, newspapers, typescript announcements, party platforms, election results, ribbons, and other campaign miscellanea.
The Open Your Hidden Collections Program – a Harvard Library initiative aimed at making previously inaccessible collections discoverable to patrons through technology- approved a proposal to digitize the library’s Ukrainian political ephemera and provided funding for the project making the entire collection available online.
The collection consists of fifteen parts, each of which has its own title and its own record in Harvard’s online catalog HOLLIS, but all could be found with a keyword search: “Ukrainian political ephemera digitization project”.
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