November 28, 2020

USC Libraries Begins Two-Year Project to Create New Digital Collection of Political Graphics from the LGBTQ Civil Rights Struggles

From USC Libraries in Los Angeles:

With generous support from the Council on Library and Information Resources, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries is embarking on a project to create a new digital collection of political posters and signs from protests and pride celebrations dating to the origins of LGBTQ civil rights movements in the 1950s and 1960s.

Upon completion of the two-year project, which is made possible by a grant under CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Collections program, 4,200 political graphics from ONE’s unparalleled collections will be accessible via the USC Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America.

Some highlights of materials included in the project are visually stunning posters and signs created by ACT UP during the 1980s; iconic posters created for the “Gay-Ins” organized by the Gay Liberation Front during the 1970s as well as early pride celebrations; signs from the historic marches on Washington; and some of the earliest signs created for demonstrations organized by 1950s-era homophile organizations like the Mattachine Society.

Read the Complete Announcement, View Two Items From the Collection

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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