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Mexico’s Mass Disappearances and the Drug War (Ayotzinapa: The Missing 43 Students) : Ephemera Collection

This research guide was created after the exhibition Ayotzinapa: We Will Not Wither, held at Memorial Library from September 16 to October 30, 2015.

What will you find here?

Ephemera is any written or printed material not meant to be preserved.

Examples of ephemera include: posters, flyers, magazines, match boxes, stickers, postcards, flags, buttons, booklets, posterboards, etc.

In this section you will find:

  • The Location of the Ephemera Collection in Memorial Library
  • Key Words and Resources to Help Your Research
  • A Guide for Searching the Ephemera Collection in Memorial Library
  • Instructions on How to Request an Image Made From an Object in the Collection
  • A Link for Instructors to Schedule a Class Session in Special Collections

 Follow The Ayotzinapa Collection Button For:

  • Images of the Objects from the Ayotzinapa Collection
  • Description of the Objects from the Ayotzinapa Collection

Key words

Some key words or terms that are common for this search:

  • Ayotzinapa
  • Ayotzinapa Massacre
  • Protests / Protestas
  • 2014 Iguala Mass Kidnappings
  • 43 Missing Students
  • Ayotzinapa Rural Teacher's College


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Using the Collection

For information about how to use the collection, instructions, copying texts or illustrations, and requesting and consulting materials, please click on this LINK.

Request An Image

To request an image, please click on this LINK and follow instructions.

For Instructors

To schedule a class session in Special Collections and integrating holdings from Special Collections into a course, please follow this LINK.


General Information

The Department of Special Collections was founded in 1946 with the acquisition of the Chester H. Thordarson Collection, holdings include rare books, manuscripts and archives, printed ephemera, pictorial materials, and a significant reference collection. Among the collection strengths are English and American literature, history of science, history of the book, European collections, and philosophy and theology. The Department also contains many books previously held in the circulating collections of the University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries because those books require special handling. Many books published before 1800, for example, are automatically transferred to Special Collections.


Location and Directions

The Department of Special Collections is located on the 9th floor of Memorial Library. We welcome members of the University of Wisconsin community as well as visitors from near and far.

To enter Memorial Library, you will need either a valid UW ID or a day pass obtained at the entrance. To obtain a day pass you will be asked to present a current form of identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.) with current address.

To reach Special Collections on the 9th floor of Memorial Library, take elevator 5 (marked Special Collections and South Stacks) to floor 9R. Alternatively, take one of the bank of 3 elevators in Memorial Library to the 7th floor, take the stairs to the 9th floor, then follow the signs to Special Collections. If you have questions, please call Special Collections at 608-262-3243 or ask at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Memorial Library.

Once you reach the 9th floor lobby, the exhibit area of Special Collections (976 Memorial Library) will be straight ahead; from the exhibit area, the Special Collections desk (980 Memorial Library) and reading room (986 Memorial Library) are visible to the right.