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Original Movie Poster Research Collection, 1940-1962

Movie Poster ImageThis collection is a vivid and instructive series of images: lithograph movie posters that promote more than 6,000 movie titles produced mostly from 1940 to 1962. Some 4,000 posters, covering the years 1950-1962 were donated by Frederick Adler in 1972. Mr. Adler added approximately 1,000 more titles, concentrating on the early 1950's, in 1974. Philip Sills donated about 1,600 posters in 1974 that reflected the decade of the1940's.

Besides the obvious appeal to film students, these original movie posters should interest other academic disciplines. Art majors will be stimulated by the varying graphic design approaches of these examples of movie poster art. Business students will appreciate the marketing effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the differing ways to advertise movies. Many movies of this time period reflect the history of World War II and the Cold War. These film images are of value not only to students of history but also to the social researcher for their shifts in mores and culture.

Rights: The Original Movie Poster Research Collection is owned by Long Island University and housed in Archives and Special Collections in the Library at LIU Post. The copyright for these materials has not been transferred to Long Island University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The Library requests that users contact the Studio where each individual movie was created for permission to reproduce images from its poster database. LIU also requests that its patron use the following Courtesy Line in any instances of digital reproduction: "Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections. LIU Post Library. Long Island University."

Heather Hesse, The Movie Listings
Jarron Jewell, Finding Aid

Collection Facts at a Glance

Benefactors:
The Movie Poster Research Collection is comprised of 6,000+ movie posters given to Special Collections in two separate donations by Frederick Adler in 1972 and 1974, and Philip Sills in 1972.
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Time Period:
1940-1962
Abstract:
The Movie Poster Collection contains more than 6,000 original movie posters dating from 1940-1962. Scope includes posters in two sizes: 24" x 28" and 36" x 14".
Quantity:
6,000+
Location:
Archives and Special Collections Main Room
Repository:
Archives and Special Collections / B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library / LIU Post Campus / Long Island University / Brookville, NY 11548 / (516) 299-2880 / jarron.jewell@liu.edu
Scope and Content:
6,000+ original movie posters dating from 1940-1962 in two sizes: 24" x 28" and 36" x 14".
User Restrictions:
The collection is available for viewing in the Archives and Special Collections' Reading Room. Requests for digital images are considered on a case by case basis. Please call or email us for an appointment.
Rights:
The Original Movie Poster Research Collection is owned by Long Island University and housed in Archives and Special Collections in the Library at LIU Post. The copyright for these materials has not been transferred to Long Island University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The Library requests that users contact the Studio where each individual movie was created for permission to reproduce images from its poster database. LIU also requests that its patron use the following Courtesy Line in any instances of digital reproduction: "Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections. LIU Post Library. Long Island University."

Currently on Display

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Winter Tales
Main Hallway, Upper Level

Blast of Silence (1961) directed by Allen Baron; starring Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Larry Tucker, Peter Clune, Danny Meehan, Howard Mann, Charles Creasap, Bill DePrato, Milda Memenas, Joe Bubbico, Ruth Kaner, Gil Rogers, Jerry Douglas, Don Saroyan, Dean Sheldon. "A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past that he encounters at a Christmas party and a fat gun dealer with pet rats each gets in his way."


Day of the Outlaw (1959) directed by Andre De Toth; starring Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise, Alan Marshal, Venetia Stevenson, David Nelson, Nehemiah Persoff, Jack Lambert, Frank DeKova, Lance Fuller, Elisha Cook Jr., Dabbs Greer, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Helen Westcott, Donald Elson. "Cowboys and ranchers have to put their differences aside when a gang of outlaws, led by army Captain Jack Bruhn, decide to spend the snowy night in their little Western town."


On Dangerous Ground (1951, rereleased 1952) directed by Nicholas Ray & Ida Lupino; starring Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper, Anthony Ross, Ed Begley, Ian Wolfe, Sumner Williams, Gus Schilling, Frank Ferguson, Cleo Moore, Olive Carey, Richard Irving, Patricia Prest. "Hard, withdrawn city cop Jim Wilson roughs up one too many suspects and is sent upstate to help investigate the murder of a young girl in the winter countryside. There he meets Mary Malden, whom he finds attractive and independent. However, Mary's brother is chief suspect in the killing. And Mary herself is blind."


Track of the Cat (1954) directed by William A. Wellman; starring Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter, Beulah Bondi, Philip Tonge, William Hopper, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer. "In a stunning mountain valley ranch setting near Aspen, complex and dangerous family dynamics play out against the backdrop of the first big snowstorm of winter and an enormous panther with seemingly mythical qualities which is killing cattle."

Links and film information courtesy of the Internet Movie Database.

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Rights: The Original Movie Poster Research Collection is owned by Long Island University and housed in Archives and Special Collections in the Library at LIU Post. The copyright for these materials has not been transferred to Long Island University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The Library requests that users contact the Studio where each individual movie was created for permission to reproduce images from its poster database. LIU also requests that its patron use the following Courtesy Line in any instances of digital reproduction: "Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections. LIU Post Library. Long Island University."

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Rights: The Original Movie Poster Research Collection is owned by Long Island University and housed in Archives and Special Collections in the Library at LIU Post. The copyright for these materials has not been transferred to Long Island University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The Library requests that users contact the Studio where each individual movie was created for permission to reproduce images from its poster database. LIU also requests that its patron use the following Courtesy Line in any instances of digital reproduction: "Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections. LIU Post Library. Long Island University."