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Soviet Propaganda Poster collection

 Collection — Box: 1 [F09.013.04.02]
Identifier: MS0580

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of approximately 20 Soviet-era peace propaganda posters (circa 1980s) acquired by the donor during his visits to the Soviet Union in the 1980s as a member of a delegation of the US National Council on Churches. Approximately 17 of the posters are Soviet made and 3 are examples made in the U.S. The posters were part of an Atkins Library exhibit on international peace, circa 1995-1998.


  • 1982 - 1989

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Soviet Propaganda Poster collection is the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Propaganda posters were very common throughout the Soviet Union's existence and focused on a wide variety of topics to boost the image of the nation in the eyes of its citizens and the rest of the world. A common theme of the posters was that the Soviet Union was strongly in favor of peace throughout the world and did not seek to begin or escalate any wars unless absolutely necessary. This was particularly the case during the nuclear confrontation and disarmament negotiations that took place between the Soviet Union and the United States throughout the 1980s. Many of the slogans used in the posters reflect what the leaders of the Soviet Union wanted its citizens and the rest of the world to believe about their motivations during these negotiations.


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Posters from the 1980s advocating for peace during the Cold War. Seventeen of the posters were made in the Soviet Union and three were created by US peace advocates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by James Dudley in 2019.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2019 by Andrew Pack.
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated