New Fenwick Library Exhibit Showcases East German Poster Collection

Posted: May 10, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: May 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm

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To mark the American Library Association’s Preservation Awareness Week, May 9-15, University Libraries has prepared an exhibit that provides basic information on preservation and digitization and promotes the libraries’ recent acquisition of more than 7,300 East German posters.

The exhibit, “The Poster Project: Protecting the Print and Preserving the Digital,” will be on display now through June on the second level of the A wing in Fenwick Library.

By demonstrating the relative ease and accessibility of poster preservation, University Libraries hopes to encourage individuals to build personal collections and preserve them for future generations.

The exhibit features samples from the East German Poster Collection alongside descriptions of the best procedures for maintaining a poster collection and mounting a digital preservation project. Half of the exhibit offers information on the proper handling, storage and repair of posters. The other half breaks down the process of digital preservation, from selection and planning to proper scanning and file formatting.

The East German Poster Collection sampled in this exhibit contains posters from the allied occupation of Germany in the 1940s through the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany in the 1990s.

As inexpensive works of art, posters offer a great starting point for building a personal art collection, and the University Libraries hopes to spark the interest of aspiring poster collectors on campus. Posters are valuable as historical resources, not only for the events they document, but also for how they represent those events and what they reveal about historical trends in graphic design.

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