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Finding Aid for the Roz Leader Art Poster collection, 1957-1991
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Roz Leader Art Poster collection
    Date (inclusive): 1957-1991
    Collection number: 1774
    Creator: Leader, Roz (1923- )
    Extent: 131 poster folders in collection
    Abstract: Roz Leader is the former owner of Art Leaders, Ltd., a company in Los Angeles specialized in museum and gallery posters. During her years as a poster publisher and distributor, Leader assembled a collection of over 1300 art posters, which documents exhibitions held in major museums and galleries from the 1960s to 1980s.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Roz Leader, December 28, 1993 and August 8, 2000.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Rachel H. Wen-Paloutzian in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2010.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Roz Leader Art Poster collection (Collection 1774). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6652010 


    Roz Leader (Rosalinde L. Leader) was born in New York City in 1923. From 1972 to 1985, Leader was the owner of Art Leaders, Ltd., a company in Los Angeles specialized in museum and gallery posters. During her years as a poster publisher and distributor, Leader assembled an extensive collection of art posters, which chronicles exhibitions from museums and galleries around the world. Leader has been considered an expert in the field of art posters, and often called upon to evaluate the value of posters.
    In 1993, Leader donated her art poster collection to the UCLA Library. The first portion of the collection came to UCLA in 1993, and the remainder was given in 2000.

    Scope and Content

    Roz Leader Art Poster Collection is a collection of over 1300 art posters with a diverse range in artists, genres of art, collections and institutions. The bulk of the collection dates from 1960s to 1980s, and the collection records exhibitions held in major museums and galleries during this period. While it consists of art posters from various countries, the bulk of the collection focuses on Europe and North America. The majority of the collection relates to exhibitions, yet some posters document special events, such as American Revolution Bicentennial, Art Expo, and Houston Grand Opera.
    With its strengths on Modern Art and Contemporary Art, the collection offers a broad survey on works of art by several-hundred renowned artists, such as Mary Cassatt, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Kandinsky, Andre Kertesz, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Mark Rothko, Alfred Stieglitz, Toulouse Lautrec, Beth Van Hoesen, and Francisco Zuniga.
    The collection includes some posters published by Art Leaders, Ltd. It also contains some poster originals, limited editions, silkscreen and signed posters.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Collection is organized without series and each poster is described at item level. When applicable, item description follows this order:
    • Name of museum/ gallery/ publishing company/ event, location
    • Name of artist/ photographer/ illustrator/ designer
    • Title of artwork in quotation marks/name of exhibition
    Most items are described with name of museum, name of artist, and title of artwork.
    To facilitate research access, the collection is listed in alphabetical order, prioritizing names of museum and gallery.
    The ordering of item description depends on information given on each poster. For example, when name of museum or gallery is not available, name of publishing company may be indicated. When relating to event, name of event is described. If none of above is applicable, the name of artist assumes the first in order. When title of artwork is not given, name of exhibition is provided without quotation marks.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Roz Leader.

    Genres and Forms of Material