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Mexican film postcard collection
MS 238  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mexican film postcard collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 1910-1924, undated
    Collection Number: MS 238
    Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection is comprised of 80 postcards produced in Mexico, depicting various actors and movies from the silent film era.
    Languages: The collection is in Spanish.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Collection of Mexican film postcards (MS 238). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased in 1999.

    Processing History

    The collection was processed by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
    Processing of the Collection of Mexican film postcards was completed by undergraduate students from the Univeristy of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Colections Management Librarian.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection is comprised of 80 postcards depicting various actors and movies from the silent film era. Postcards in the collection, most of which were distributed by "La Casa Osuna" in Mexico, include portraits of actors, publicity photographs, and film stills from Mexican, European, and American film industries. The collection also includes some postcards with illustrated poems.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into four series, with items arranged alphabetically within each series.
    • Series 1. Actors and performers, 1918-1922, undated
    • Series 2. Film stills, 1918-1924, undated
    • Series 3. Illustrated poems, undated
    • Series 4. Other images, undated

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Mexico -- History -- 20th century
    Motion picture actors and actresses
    Popular culture -- Mexico
    Silent films

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Photographic postcards