About the Digital Collection
This collection includes Italian cultural and political posters mostly dating from the 1970s-1980s and received from Peter Lange and Martha Scotford. Nearly half of the posters were printed by the Italian Communist Party (PCI) offices in Milan and Rome and address themes such as labor issues, voting rights, and political corruption. Other posters in the collection advertise art exhibits, celebrations, and civic events held throughout Italy, chiefly in Milan and Urbino.
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This digital collection comprises selected materials from the following archival collection at David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library:
Italian Cultural Posters collection 1930s-1980s and undated bulk 1970-1989
Collection #RL.00621 | 4 Linear Feet; 115 Items
Collection consists of 115 Italian cultural and political posters, the bulk of which date from the 1970s and 1980s. Nearly half of the posters were printed by the Italian Communist Party (Pci) offices in Milan and Rome, chiefly in the 1970s, and address themes such as control of the media (particularly television and newspapers), the environment, elections, educational reform, political radicalism, labor issues, voting rights, patronage and other forms of corruption, and taxation. Many posters display the images and words of political activists from around the world. Some posters refer to Francoism, to American leaders such as President Nixon, and to the Vietnam War. Many of the latter express an anti-American position. Other posters in the collection advertise art and design exhibits, and announce celebrations and civic events. Also includes a set of 38 color slides of elections broadsides (1986-1987) posted in public spaces in Italy.