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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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Movies to Watch for Thanksgiving
Main Hallway, Upper Level


Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (1953) directed by Lew Landers; starring Anthony Dexter, Jody Lawrance, Alan Hale Jr., Robert Clarke, Stuart Randall, James Seay, Philip Van Zandt, Shepard Menken, Douglass Dumbrille, Anthony Eustrel, Henry Rowland, Eric Colmar. "Captain John Smith overcomes the treachery of some of his men and resentment of the local Native Americans to establish the colony of Jamestown."


The Far Horizons (1955) directed by Rudolph Maté; starring Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed, Barbara Hale, William Demarest, Alan Reed, Eduardo Noriega, Larry Pennell, Argentina Brunetti, Julia Montoya, Ralph Moody, Herbert Heyes, Lester Matthews, Helen Wallace, Walter Reed. "United States has just acquired Louisiana from France. An expedition led by Lewis and Clark is sent to survey the territory and go where no white man has gone before. Are they able to overcome the dangers with the help of Sacajawea?"


The Pathfinder (1952, rereleased 1953) directed by Sidney Salkow; starring George Montgomery, Helena Carter, Jay Silverheels, Walter Kingsford, Rodd Redwing, Stephen Bekassy, Elena Verdugo, Bruce Lester, Chief Yowlachie. "Pathfinder, a white man raised by the Mohican Indians, joins forces with the British army to avenge himself on the Mingo warriors and the French, who have brought death and pillage to his people. He takes on a mission to retrieve secret plans from within the French fort at St. Vicente."


Plymouth Adventure (1952) directed by Clarence Brown; starring Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson, Leo Genn, Barry Jones, Dawn Addams, Lloyd Bridges, Noel Drayton, John Dehner, Tommy Ivo, Lowell Gilmore. "Trials and tribulations beset the one hundred odd settlers that journey to Virginia in 1620 including unexpectedly arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts."


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."