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Guide to the Tamiment Library Poster and Broadside Collection GRAPHICS.002

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Collection processed by Mary Allison Farley, 1991 and Erika Gottfried, 2009; Physical rehousing performed by Kate Phillips and Margaret Fraser; finding aid edited to reflect new physical arrangement by Bonnie Gordon and Rachel Searcy (2013)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 11, 2018
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 Updated by Megan O'Shea to incorporate artwork being sent to offsite art storage in September 2017.  , August 2017

Historical/Biographical Note

The essential role of political posters in propaganda, recruitment, and sustaining morale has been well-documented in numerous books, exhibitions and catalogs, as have their striking graphic qualities and historical significance. They have been published by numerous parties, labor unions and federations, other organizations, entities, and individuals representing the entire spectrum of political affiliations and philosophies. Left and progressive organizations and artists, perhaps because the medium represents a chance to bypass the usual modes of communication and communicate outside of mainstream politics and power, have been particularly prolific in the production of posters.