I am a book collector—just ask anyone who knows me. Or better yet, come to the house and look around for empty shelves. It’s true that books multiply to fill the available space (and then some). But being a book collector also means that I have lots of things in my collection that are not books. LOTS of things. Magazines, newspapers, playbills, clippings, letters, photographs—all of those things that generally go under the umbrella term ephemera—form an important part of my collection. Ephemera literally means things that are not intended to last, but I’m doing my best to defy that definition by preserving these things in my collection. The primary focus of my collection is the works of Lewis Carroll, but the addition of ephemera has allowed me to make that collection richer, and to put many of my books into a broader context. I’m especially a fan of Victorian theatrical memorabilia. Lewis Carroll was an avid playgoer and wrote several essays about the theatre. He counted many Victorian stage luminaries among his close friends. To me, these facts are illuminated by my collection—playbills from productions Carroll attended, photographs of actors he knew, etc. One example is a print from The Illustrated London News of the first theatrical production Lewis Carroll records seeing in London. It was a production of Henry VIII starring Charles Kean, and Carroll was especially taken by the scene in which Queen Catherine has a vision of angels. While a black and white print may not be able to fully capture a stage production, having that print in my collection helps me, in a small way, to connect with Lewis Carroll’s own experience at the theatre that night—an experience that changed his life. So, I say, though it may be something of an oxymoron—Long Live Ephemera!