Preliminary Guide to the Palestinian and Lebanese Poster Collection, 1960-1991 [bulk 1965-1979]
Posters and some brochures and pamphlets acquired by Bill Tracy during his time at the American University of Beirut. The majority of the collection consists of political posters from Palestine and tourism posters from Lebanon. Also included are some travel brochures and pamphlets about various sites in Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon. Materials largely date from the 1960s to the 1970s.
- Collection Number
- Palestinian and Lebanese Poster collection
- 1960-1991 [bulk 1965-1979]
- Tracy, William (collector)
- 5 Linear Feet, 200 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English, German, French, and Arabic
The Palestinian and Lebanese Poster Collection is at Duke University on deposit by a faculty member. The majority of the collection consists of political posters from Palestine and tourism posters from Lebanon. Also included are some travel brochures and pamphlets about various sites in Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon. Materials largely date from the 1960s to the 1970s.
The posters from Lebanon are largely aimed at promoting tourism to the country and to Beirut in particular. Common themes are Lebanese art and history, including posters highlighing music concerts, art exhibits, temples, and mosques. Other posters focus on Lebanon's natural beauty, advertising its ski slopes, crops, and beaches.
The Palestinian posters attempt to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people while simultaneously incriminating Israeli and American politics and violence. The majority encourage people to unite and take up arms to defend Palestine. Several posters insinuate and accuse the United States and Israel of murder and genocide. Many are from the Palestinian National Liberation Movement organization, also known as FATEH or FATAH, showing Palestinian freedom fighters, injured children, paintings of guns raised, and other images encouraging Palestinian resistance. Another organization represented is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has similar themes of militantism against Israel and unity among Palestinians. The Arab Women's Information Committee posters are part of a set called “The Facts About the Palestine Problem,” which have images of injured Palestinian children, bombed cities, and destroyed schools. About half of the Palestine posters do not appear to promote any particular organization or group, but instead convey more general pro-Palestine themes.
The rest of the collection consists of a few more posters, including three that are mounted on wood, as well as brochures and pamphlets from other Middle Eastern countries. There are a small number of pro-Israel posters encouraging tourism to Jerusalem or fundraising for Friends of Jerusalem. These are vastly outnumbered by the pro-Palestine posters and the Lebanon tourism posters.
The materials are largely arranged by size. Most of the posters are in an oversize folder, and have not been sorted further. Descriptions below indicate the type of posters available in that folder. Posters in Box 1 are smaller, and have been sorted by their creating organization or by language. Posters mounted on wood are in Box 2, and tourism pamphlets are in Box 3.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Palestine and Lebanon Posters Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Chiefly political posters from Palestine and tourism posters from Lebanon. Materials largely date from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Travel brochures and pamphlets about various sites in Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon, dated largely from the 1960s to the 1980s.
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The Palestine and Lebanon Posters Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a deposit in 2009.
Accessioned by Meghan Lyon, April 2009
Encoded by Meghan Lyon, April 2009
Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.