Just in time, while thinking about liberty and freedom, I read a story in Hyperallergic about the newly digitized Joseph A. Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan. This database contains posters that have been acquired over the past 100 years, covering social protest movements such as anarchism, civil liberties, colonialism, communism, ecology, labor, pacifism, sexual freedom, socialism, women, and youth/student protest. Some are from the first half of the 20th century, but the majority are from the 1960s and later. Many are undated.
“It’s not enough for us to preserve the artifact if people cannot see it,” Julie Herrada, Labadie Collection curator, told Hyperallergic. “Posters are a difficult format because they are fragile and can only withstand so much physical handling, so providing access to these materials while keeping them safe is a complicated process—or it was, until the technology and resources became more readily available to us.”
I’ve surfed the collection and the materials are significant documents of political history through the lens of graphics. See more here.
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