The Center for the Study of Political Graphics is an educational and research archive that collects, preserves, documents, and exhibits posters relating to historical and contemporary movements for social change. These posters are unique, primary, historical documents which reveal histories of struggles that are often hidden, and more often forgotten. Our growing collection is one of the most diverse visual resources in the world. This educational research archive, representing posters from the 19th Century to the present, includes the largest collection of post-World War II posters in the United States.
The Center for the Study of Political Graphics’ digital collection at California Revealed consists of print materials from the 1960s through the present. The majority of the collection consists of political posters that record the Chicanx/Latinx perspective of national and international events. Subjects and topics include social change, protest, United Farm Workers, healthcare, civil rights, and more. Creators featured in the collection include some of the best-known Chicano artists such as Rupert Garcia (Oakland), Barbara Carrasco (Los Angeles), Malaquias Montoya (Davis) and Ester Hernandez (San Francisco); important art collectives such as the Royal Chicano Air Force (Sacramento), Self Help Graphics (Los Angeles), Mechicano Art Center (Los Angeles), Mexica Movement (Los Angeles) and Mission Cultural Center (San Francisco). The collection also includes younger and emerging artists such as Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, and Julio Salgado.