Reference number
  • A07
  • Collection
  • 1922-1991
Extent and medium
  • 2 A3 folders
  • Reproductions of Soviet propaganda posters. 1 folder contains A3 Soviet theatrical posters, in colour, including posters for the plays 'I Won't Be King' and 'Napoleon's Onslaught'. 1 folder contains 32 A3 Soviet political posters, in colour, including 'Peace to the World!' (1965) and 'Free Me' (1943). 1 A4 folder titled 'Alphabet of the Russian Revolution', which contains the history of the revolution and colour posters to go alongside it, including posters depicting the Bolsheviks overthrowing the provisional government. All information is written in Russian.
Administrative history
  • The Soviet Union was formed in 1922 after the Bolshevik Revolution, turning Russia into a socialist state. During the Lenin years, 1918-1928, artists were given relative freedom. However the Stalin era brought in many restrictions. Art was often used as a form of propaganda, to encourage the population and promote government schemes and projects. The Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991.
Conditions governing access
  • Open for general access. External researchers are advised to make an appointment with the Archivist.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Material may be copied for research purposes only, subject to copyright regulations and the conditions of the material.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
  • All items are in a good condition.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • The source is unknown, but it was likely purchased as a teaching resource for use in the Library before being transferred to Special Collections.
Archivist's note
  • Catalogued by Gursharan Hayre, Graduate Champion, January 2018