Ephemera are free or inexpensive printed materials that were never intended to last, such as menus, playbills, train tickets, zines, postcards, and much more. Ephemera can be of great value to researchers, and CC Special Collections began a concerted effort to collect in this area beginning in about 2001.
- Colorado menus
- A collection of about 300 menus from Colorado restaurants and events,
1891-present. Most are from Colorado Springs.
- Colorado Springs playbills and programs
- A collection of about 800 theater, church, and concert programs chiefly
from Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak area, 1881-present.
- Colorado tourist brochures
- A collection of about 200 printed brochures, booklets, and maps representing tourist and recreational attractions and commercial establishments in Colorado, particularly the Pikes Peak area, including for example the Broadmoor Hotel, the U.S. Olympic Committee. Training Center, the Cheyenne Mountain Zool, the Garden of the Gods, and Pikes Peak, dating from the beginning of the 20th century.
- Colorado bumper stickers
- A growing collection of bumper stickers expressing state, regional, and local issues and attitudes.
- Colorado College Zine Collection
- A collection of zines published in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, and elsewhere.