The Dwight Cleveland collection of posters spans the years 1914-1953 (bulk 1935-1943) and contains
more than 1,000 mostly one-sheet posters for films primarily produced in the United States. The
collection documents B movies of the studio era and includes examples from Warner Bros., Fox, MGM,
Paramount, and RKO. Genres represented document musicals, biblical tales, Westerns, war films, and films
dealing with social problems.
Dwight Cleveland is a real-estate developer in Chicago, Illinois. He began collecting posters in 1977
while in high school, inspired by film posters in an art teacher's classroom. After moving to Los
Angeles, Cleveland continued to acquire posters from memorabilia dealers in Hollywood.
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or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.
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