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Political and presidential ephemera collection

Identifier: MS 3126


The collection of 1,250 pieces of stolen ephemera was recovered from Barry Landau’s apartment by the National Archives and Records Administration in 2011. The provenance of these remaining orphaned items was never fully traced. If your institution believes any item from this finding aid was taken from your holdings please contact


  • 1786 - 2001


Conditions Governing Access

Permission to view this collection must be granted by Library Director.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.


10.0 Linear Feet (22 boxes; 3 OS items)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Placed on deposit at the Maryland Historical Society on 7/24/12, 5/13/13, 8/1/13, and 9/12/13

Processing Information

Please note that the NARA identification numbers have been placed in the Processing Information Note field for each item in the container list

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 1,250 pieces of political and presidential ephemera recovered from the apartment of Barry Landau. The National Archives gave each item from the investigation a unique number which is noted in the column on the far right of the container list. The numbers are sequential for the most part, starting with NARA#45 and ending around NARA#10,040. Some numbers are out of sequential order due to the fact that some items were returned on different dates, some items are oversized, and some items were added to our deposit at a later date and never assigned a NARA#. For our purposes each item needed a unique box and folder #. The NARA number is mostly useful for future tracking of the items if any new information about the provenance is revealed. Several items in the collection have already been returned to their rightful libraries before this finding add was finished. They have been left on the inventory, and their removal was noted.

For more background on the Barry Landau theft you can read the following articles.

Eliza Gray’s article, “The Collector” from the New Rpublic

The FBI Bulletin here

in the Baltimore Sun

Guide to the political and presidential ephemera collection
Under Revision
Eben Dennis
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-08: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States