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Collection of Chinese posters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 3376

Scope and Contents

The collection of Chinese posters consists of approximately 43 posters, including a few duplicates, advertising both Chinese and Western products. Many of the posters date from the 1920s and were printed in China by the Shanghai Commercial Press (Shanghai shang wu yin shu guan or 上海商务印书馆). The collection also includes 12 calendars featuring art by various Chinese artists, including Zheng Mantuo. One of the calendars is signed by Zheng Mantuo. The commercial posters advertise various products, including cigarettes, condensed milk, alcohol, and shaving products.


  • Creation: 1915 - 1930
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920s


Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Department of the East Asian Library at Permission for publication is given on behalf of the East Asian Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.


0.42 Linear Feet (Approximately 43 posters and 12 calendars in 8 oversize folders)

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Custodial History

The provenance of the USC Libraries collection of Chinese posters is largely unknown, as is the date of acquisition. The posters were part of a larger artificial collection assembled at the USC Von Kleinsmid Center before they were transferred to the USC Libraries.

Related Materials

Japanese poster collection, Collection no. 3020, East Asian Library, USC Libraries.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. The posters in this collection were previously described as part of a larger collection titled the "Asian poster collection" and included description for approximately 45 Japanese posters. The Japanese posters were separated and described in a separate finding aid.

Finding aid for the Collection of Chinese posters
Diann Benti, Bo Doub, and Tang Li
2022 November
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries East Asian Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-1825 United States