Regulating the Poor: Ephemeral Printing and Poor Relief Tickets in the Long Nineteenth Century

Mitch Fraas, Senior Curator

This talk will showcase a variety of ephemeral items held by the Kislak Center which intersect with the history of poor relief and food distribution.

March 18, 2022 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm @ Virtual
Middlesex Soup & Dinner Kitchen, 1899

The Kislak Center holds a wide variety of material relating to social history and the everyday stories of women and men. One particular area of these holdings that may not be widely known are those which intersect with the history of poor relief and food distribution. This talk will showcase a variety of ephemeral items (including soup kitchen tickets, ration cards, etc.) printed for use by those experiencing food insecurity in the long nineteenth century and will explore both the intentions behind charitable and state institutions as well as how these were received by the people for whom they were intended.

Event Series

Elzevier Collection duodecimos.

From the Kislak Stacks

These monthly lunchtime presentations by Kislak curators, faculty, and students focus on individual works or small archives and collections found among the holdings of the Kislak Center.

Featured image: Middlesex Soup & Dinner Kitchen, 1899 (Misc Print Collection box 1 no 70)