The Beat Movement broadsides and posters in this collection document the poetic and aesthetic revolution in literature and arts in the 1950s, challenging the repressive and even censorial nature of U.S. society. Diverse in size, quality, and quantity – from mimeographs to fine letterpress print – broadsides have been important vehicles for political, social, and cultural commentary on a profusion of subjects including such diverse topics as politics, free love, the anti-war movement, environmental consciousness, civil rights, and free speech. The broadsides in this collection are critical primary research materials, artfully revealing the dynamic social movements of the 1950s and 1960s.
The Merrill-Cazier Library houses a distinguished collection of Beat literature materials, the core of which is a series of gifts purchased by the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, to which the Library continues to add each year. This significant collection chronicles the Beat Movement in American literature and history through primary sources including more than 5,000 little magazines, books, pamphlets, broadsides, flyers, posters, and other ephemera. Images of copyrighted works, not licensed for reproduction, are published as thumbnails.
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