Since January Special Collections and Archives staff have processed a portion of the East German Poster Collection thanks to a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources. The first series-level finding aid on the political posters is available here. Project assistants Lauren Shutt and Sean Tennant cataloged each poster individually using spreadsheets that are imported into a database by Jordan Patty, the processing archivist. They are also using a digital camera to take low resolution reference images of a sample of the posters so that those images can be linked to the finding aids. Catalogers Manon Theroux and Friedgard Cowan verified personal names (of both poster artists and political figures) and organizations (not an easy task!) and provided likely subject headings. We hope to complete the performing arts series and the film series soon.

  Keine neuen Zähne für diese Hyäne/USA?Raketen aus Westeuropa raus! (“No new teeth for these hyenas/USA? Rockets from West Europe get out!”)
Poster features close-up of hyena from John Heartfield’s Krieg und Leichen ? Die Letzte Hoffnung der Reichen (War and corpses? the last hope of the rich).  White teeth resembling missiles are superimposed on the hyena’s mouth. 81″ x 59″, 1982. From the East German poster collection political series, 1943-2009, Special Collections & Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

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