Amherst College Posters Collection
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.
- Creation: 1830-2016
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1870-1905
- Amherst College (Organization)
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.
16 Linear feet (13 map case drawers, 3 oversize flat boxes)
Language of Materials
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.
This collection is organized into six series:
- Series 1: Commencement Posters, 1842-1875
- Series 2: Lecture Posters, 1830-1905
- Series 3: Literary Miscellany, 1870-1905
- Series 4: Athletic Posters, 1870-1905
- Series 5: Musical Posters, 1875-1905
- 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.
- Mariah Sakrejda-Leavitt
- Language of description
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