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Finding Aid to the Cuban Poster Collection 1960-2000
BANC PIC 2001.061--C  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Cuban Poster Collection
    Date (inclusive): 1960-2000
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 2001.061--C
    Collector: Biblioteca Nacional José Martí (Cuban national repository library)
    Extent: 485 prints (posters). 485 digital objects
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    Abstract: A collection of Cuban posters built through a cooperative agreement between the University of California, Berkeley and the José Martí National Library of Cuba. The predominant subjects are Cuban culture and international solidarity.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research. Please use digital facsimiles when possible.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Cuban Poster Collection, BANC PIC 2001.061--C, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital reproductions of selected items are available.
    The Cuban Poster website is available at: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/lat_amer/cuban/)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Posters, Cuban.
    Cuba--History--1959--Pictorial works.
    Cuba -- Ministerio de Cultura
    OSPAAAL (Organization)
    Editorial Letras Cubanas

    Administrative Information


    Future additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Items in the Cuban Poster collection have been assigned numbers as they are received and inventoried by the library. These are simply sequential numbers appended to the collection number (BANC PIC 2001.061.) They reflect no intellectual arrangement, no evidence as to provenance, and they are not related to the creation of the items in any way. The numbers are required for item identification and retrieval from storage.
    For ease of use, this finding aid has been arranged alphabetically by publisher's name, then sub-ordered chronologically. Materials by unknown publishers or artists are arranged alphabetically by title following the listing of known publishers. No cross-referencing is available at this time.

    Acquisition Information

    The Cuban Poster collection was part of a bibliographic exchange between the Doe Library of the University of California at Berkeley and the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí of Cuba. The Bancroft Library became custodians of the initial 346 items of the collection in 2001.
    136 items (plus three duplicates) were added between approximately 2010 and 2016, via the ongoing exchange.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lincoln Cushing in 2005, with prior preparation by Carlos Delgado and LuAnn Sleeper in 2002. Additions processed by LuAnn Sleeper in 2017.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Cuban poster collection consists of posters given to the library of the University of California at Berkeley as part of a cooperative agreement with the José Martí National Library of Cuba. It consists chiefly of posters related to cultural events, social topics, or international solidarity.
    The posters were produced by official government agencies, including Consejo Nacional de Cultura, Editorial Letras Cubanas, Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAP), Organización de Solidaridad de los Pueblos de Africa, Asia y América Latina (OSPAAAL), and the Ministerio de Cultura. The great majority of dated posters were produced between 1961 and 1989, with several items from the 1990s and later. Over 100 items are undated.
    The José Martí National Library of Cuba, in its national repository function, is statutorily designated to receive five copies of all posters published within Cuba. The basis of the Cuban Poster collection at the University of California, Berkeley was an initial gift of 344 of their duplicate posters, received in the year 2000. Future additions are expected as the cooperative arrangement between the libraries continues.