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Amherst College Posters Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MA.00190

Scope and Contents

Poster, placards and broadsides advertising campus events and public notices. The collection provides an overview of campus life from 1870 to 1905 with additional materials from other years, especially from the 1980s to present. Series 1-5 were originally in bound volumes; the original order and classification of material in these series have been maintained. Materials continue to be added to this collection.

Dates

  • 1830-2016
  • Majority of material found within 1870-1905

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Posters Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from Posters Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

The posters, placards and broadsides in this collection provide a lens to view the public life of the college, particularly in the latter part of the 19th century. The material in this collection covers the range of student, academic and social concerns, from public lecture courses, musical performances, sporting events and public notices.

Extent

16 Linear feet (13 map case drawers, 3 oversize flat boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Poster, placards and broadsides advertising campus events and public notices, chiefly 1870 to 1905 with additional materials from other years, especially from the 1980s to present. Materials continue to be added to this collection.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into six series:

  1. Series 1: Commencement Posters, 1842-1875
  2. Series 2: Lecture Posters, 1830-1905
  3. Series 3: Literary Miscellany, 1870-1905
  4. Series 4: Athletic Posters, 1870-1905
  5. Series 5: Musical Posters, 1875-1905
  6. Series 6: Modern Posters, 1906-2016

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The items in Series 1-5 of the collection were originally bound in volumes, each with a bookplate reading "bound at the expense of Mr. Frank W. Stearns of the Class of 1878." The volumes were disbound and listed between 1986 and 1989. The posters in Series 6 came from a variety of sources, including alumni donation and administrative offices.

Related Materials

  1. Amherst College Dramatic Activities Collection - posters of student and departmental theater productions.
  2. Music at Amherst Collection - posters announcing musical events and sales of recordings.
  3. Mead Art Museum Collection - posters for exhibitions and events at the Mead Art Museum.

Creator

Status
Completed
Author
Mariah Sakrejda-Leavitt
Date
2009
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299