Guide to the Nancy Cheser Posters, 1970-1971


Photographer in Naples, Florida. Cheser is an artist, activist and former member of the Boston Women's Graphics Collective active during the women's movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. Four silk screen posters created by a group of women, including Cheser, at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1970-1971.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Nancy Cheser posters
Cheser, Nancy
1 Linear Feet, 4 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Four silk screened posters, each with different designs and topics: Repeal Abortion Laws; the Boston Women's Graphic Collective; advertising a benefit sponsored by the Association for Childbirth at Home; and Washington May Day.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Posters, 1970-1971

1 folder; 4 posters
Freedom is Choice: Repeal Abortion Laws. Washington, Nov. 20
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Boston's Women's Graphic Collective. 69 Harvey St., Cambridge, Mass.
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Women Reclaim the Birth Experience: Association for Childbirth at Home sponsors a benefit for the Santa Cruz Birth Center with lay-midwife Linda Bennett, April 27, Cambridge YMCA.
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Washington May Day.
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Historical Note

Biographical and Historical Note

These silk screen posters were created in 1970-71 by a group of women art students at the Rhode Island School of Design. The group was not organized around a particular political philosophy, but some of the women were students who transferred from liberal arts colleges and had been influenced by the student movement, Students for a Democratic Society, and the women's liberation movement. The oppostion to the war, an emphasis on women working together and love of making art transformed the dorm room into a small production studio.

The design of the posters were influenced by a number of sources. An interest in Native American culture (Moon of the Grass Arising), popular music (Fresh Wind Against the Empire), Cuban Revolutionary art, art history (the Etruscan women) and the Paris '68 student posters all are reflected in the posters.

Along with Nancy Cheser, the other participants included: Judith Rothchild, Jamie Horwitz, Mary Patten, Marcia Ancier, and Ellen Tranes.

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The Nancy Cheser Posters were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon and Joshua Larkin Rowley, May 2011

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, May 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2004-0066