Ephemera are sometimes defined as "the minor transient documents of everyday life." Created for a temporary purpose and meant to be discarded, ephemera includes greeting cards, tickets, brochures, receipts, handbills, advertisements, labels, trading cards and many other bits and pieces. Though intended to be temporary, this material tells us a great deal about the culture that produced it. The printed materials are often collected for their design qualities. Most of the items in this digital collection were created to advertise and promote the development of Spokane and the Northwest.