Welcome to a new exhibit from the IPL Exhibit Hall. The IPL has been collaborating with the Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan to bring you this special display of anarchist posters from the last half of the twentieth century. In this exhibit you will see a sampling of images which chronicle the philosophies and objectives of anarchist organizations from around the world — as expressed through the medium of the poster.
The Labadie Collection forms part of the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The Labadie is perhaps best known for its varied collections of anarchist materials and social protest literature whose scope includes includes civil liberties, socialism, communism, colonialism and imperialism, free thought, American labor history through the 1930s, the I.W.W., the Spanish Civil War, sexual freedom, women’s liberation, gay liberation, student protest movements, and the counterculture. In addition to books, manuscripts, photographs, and ephemera, the Labadie also maintains a large and growing collection of posters. The posters, which number in the hundreds, document a variety of causes and movements worldwide. One of the areas which is well represented in this collection of posters is that of anarchism.
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Exhibit Designer: Cameron Trowbridge