Poster and Broadside Collection of Tamiment Institute Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, [ca. 1904-1991]. 1935-1975 (bulk).

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Roach, Michael. Poster and Broadside Collection of Tamiment Institute Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, [ca. 1904-1991]. 1935-1975 (bulk).

Poster and Broadside Collection of Tamiment Institute Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, [ca. 1904-1991]. 1935-1975 (bulk).

This collection relates to the history of American labor and radicalism, although significant material from labor and radical movements in other countries is also included. As of June 19, 1991, posters from more than 39 countries were represented in the collection. In general, information on dates of publication for the posters is scanty. The posters are arranged first by country of origin and then in subject areas within each country. The subjects are topical and thematic, such as the entries for gay liberation, housing, the women's movement and Native Americans. Others refer to specific events such as the Spanish Civil War and the Vietnam War, while two other kinds of subject entries are the names of organizations and country names. In many cases, posters are assigned to the subject entry which represents the organization that produced them. Michael Roach donated posters he acquired during the 1960s and 1970s while managing a bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin. His donation includes at least as much international material as it does United States-produced material and is important in the way that it broadens the focus of the collection for this period. Sizeable groupings within this accession are posters from the People's Republic of China, the International Union of Students, Organizacion de la Solaridad de los Pueblos de Africa, Asia y Latinoamerica (OSPAAL) and from a variety of organizations working to end the war in Vietnam. Besides these concentrated subject areas within the Roach accession, two other major subject holdings (in terms of numbers) are the Spanish Civil War and Britain's Labour Party. The Labour Party holdings include early original posters and later reproductions of the originals. Overall, a great strength of the collection is the representation, however small in number, of a broad range of American political parties which have emerged outside of mainstream party politics. Thus the holdings include posters from the Communist and Socialist parties, as well as some less well-known organizations such as the American Labor Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Workers Party, to name just a few. Noteworthy is a sizeable grouping of posters from the Black Panther Party, documenting many of the issues raised by the Black Panthers as well as the harassment of members of the Party. Besides a small amount of material from the Communist Party in the United States, there is also some documentation of Communist parties world-wide, seen in posters from France, Italy, and the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Czechoslovakia. Another important subject holding in terms of bulk is disarmament. This category includes posters produced by groups struggling against the use of nuclear weapons as well as posters produced by organizations advocating peace. Of particular interest is a group of posters produced in Japan, almost all from the Peace Wave Action Committee. The subject of trade unions is represented by posters from a broad range of organizations, although with the exception of the American Postal Workers Unions (APWU), the collection is weak in this area because there is not a sizeable grouping of posters produced by any one union. Finally, sizeable numbers of posters relate to the various aspects of the women's movement (largely in the United States, but with some representation internationally), and to revolutionary struggles in Mozambique and Nicaragua.

Approximately 2000 posters and broadsides.

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