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Russian and Soviet posters

Although not actively collected, our holdings of Russian and Soviet posters from the 20th century cover a wide range of social, political historical and artistic topics. Most are not catalogued separately, but are listed in the Online Catalogue as 'Collections', often under an English title denoting the subject of the collections.

A small number of original posters are from the Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary period and reflect these events from a variety of political viewpoints. Separate listings of some of these collections including descriptions of individual posters have been prepared. These are to be found in the pdf document Russian and Soviet posters.

Some posters with texts by well-known writers such as Maiakovskii or designed by well-known artists such as Malevich or Moor are included in the A catalogue of Russian avant-garde books 1912-1934 (British Library shelfmark 2725.g.1780). The most notable are those from the collection of "Batal'nye lubki" from the First World War (British Library shelfmark HS.74/274). A significant collection also included in the same catalogue is Russian placards (British Library shelfmark C.191.a.13), those being reproductions of posters designed by V. Lebedev for the windows of ROSTA.

Though coverage of later Soviet posters is sparse in the British Library's holdings, there is a significant collection of original Soviet Era Posters, 1986-1993, covering the period of glasnost' and perestroika.

Some posters have been digitised and are now available on British Library Images Online.

White Army recruitment poster from the Russian Civil War, depicting a Muslim Cavalry Division Officer

Muslim Cavalry Division Officer Russian Civil War White Army recruitment poster by an unknown artist shelved at 1856.g.8. [30] © The British Library Board

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The following list of resources on Russian and Soviet posters is divided into two parts: Original poster collections and Reproductions and books about posters.

Original poster collections

[A collection of political, etc., posters]
12 pt. Moskva, Leningrad: 1931-32
1899.b.9 (27-32)

[A collection of posters issued by the Soviet government]
Moskva, [1918-21]
Cup.645.a.6
(Fuller details of this collection to be found in
 Russian and Soviet posters (PDF format))

[A collection of posters (issued by the All-Russian Central Commission for the Liquidation of Illiteracy)]
6 pt. Moskva, 1920
Cup.1247.h.21
(Fuller details of this collection to be found in Russian and Soviet posters (PDF format))

[A collection of posters and leaflets on the European War, issued for circulation in Russia]
16 pt. [1917-19]
Cup.645.c.12
(Fuller details of this collection to be found in  Russian and Soviet posters (PDF format))

[A collection of posters issued by the Southern anti-Bolshevik armies] [1918-21]
1856.g.8 (1-14)
(Fuller details of this collection to be found in Russian and Soviet posters (PDF format))

[A collection of Russian First World War posters]
A collection of 73 "batal'nye lubki" by various artists
Moskva, 1914-1915
HS.74/274

[A collection of theatrical and concert posters]
11 pt. [Leningrad, etc., c.1920-28]
Tab.11747.a. (151)

Kak dolzhno byt' organizovano narodnoe khoziaistvo pri vlasti trudiashchikhsia. (Zemel'nyi vopros) [Two posters]
Moskva, [1918]
1865.c.19 (54)

[Miscellaneous pamphlets, posters, etc.]
5 pt. Moskva, [1920, 21]
S.N.16/3

[Miscellaneous pamphlets, posters, etc.]
9 pt. Moskva, 1918, 19
8228.pp.20

[Russian posters of World War I]
Posters shelved individually at shelfmarks HS.74/273(1) to HS. 74/273 (41)
(Fuller details of this collection to be found in Russian and Soviet posters (PDF format))

[A set of eight coloured cartoons of the Russo-Japanese War etc.]
[Moscow, 1905]
N.Tab 2005/13

[A set of Russian cartoons on the Russo-Japanese war, issued from January to June, 1904]
[Moscow and St. Petersburg, 1904]
N.Tab 2005/12

Soviet Era Posters 1986-1993 [Miscellaneous collection of posters, not catalogued separately]
1986-1993
HS.85/19(1-3)
[Index to the posters shelved on open access in the Humanities - Floor 1 Reading Room at HLR947.085]

Reproductions and books about posters

Akimov, Nikolai Pavlovich. Teatral'nyi plakat N. Akimova (redaktor-sostavitel' I. N. Burlak) [With a portrait and reproductions]
Moskva, 1964
X.423/45

Baburina, N. I.  Russkii plakat Pervoi mirovoi voiny
Moskva: Tvorchesko-proizvodstvennaia firma "Iskusstvo i kul'tura", 1992
YA.1997.b.4421

Baburina, N. I. Russkii plakat: vtoraia polovina XIX-nachalo XX v.
Leningrad: "Khudozhnik RSFSR", 1988
YV.1990.a.1061

Barkhatova, Elena. Affiches constructivistes russes
[Paris]: Flammarion, 1992
HS.74/735

Barkhatova, Elena. Russian constructivist posters
[Paris]: Flammarion, 1992
f92/0266

Boevoi karandash [avtor teksta V.S. Matafonov, sostaviteli L.D. Kaminskii i dr.]
Leningrad: Khudozhnik RSFSR, 1977
X.429/17158

Bogachev, A. Plakat ..
Leningrad: Blago, 1926
C.191.b.13

Bonnell, Victoria E. Iconography of power. Soviet political posters under Lenin and Stalin
Berkeley; London: University of California Press, c1997, 1999 [printing]
YC.1999.b.8635

Building the collective: Soviet graphic design, 1917-1937: selections from the Merrill C. Berman collection / Leah Dickerman, editor
New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996
YA.1996.b.8132

Butnik-Siverskii, Boris Stepanovich. Sovetskii plakat epokhi grazhdanskoi voiny 1918-1921 (pod redaktsiei P. I. Lebedeva) [With illustrations]
Moskva: Izdatel'stvo Vsesoiuznoi knizhnoi palaty, 1960
2763.abt.2

Demosfenova, G. L. Sovetskie plakatisty--frontu
Moskva: "Iskusstvo", 1985
YV.1990.b.164

Demosfenova, Galina Leont'evna. Sovetskii politicheskii plakat [By G. Demosfenova, A. Nurok and N. Shantuiko.] Pod obshchei redaktsiei F. Kaloshina. [With plates]
Moskva, 1962
07874.t.41

Fedorov-Davydov, Aleksei Aleksandrovich. Viktor Borisovich Koretskii: master sovetskogo plakata
Moskva; Leningrad: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo "Iskusstvo", 1949
X.419/4185

Gertsenberg, Vera Robertovna. Plakat v politprosvetrabote etc.
Moskva; Leningrad: OGIZ-IZOGIZ, 1932
X.519/38496

Gokhlerner, G. B. Shershavym iazykom plakata: sanagitplakat Maiakovskogo segodnia [Reproductions]
Moskva, 1962
Cup.20.h.13

Idushchie vperedi / [avtor-sostavitel' Ivan Ivanovich Kuptsov]
Moskva: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1987
YV.1988.b.1864

Ivanov, Viktor Semenovich. Kak sozdaetsia plakat [With plates]
Moskva: Izdatel'stvo Akademii khudozhestv SSSR, 1963
08233.z.9

Katalog vystavki "Okna satiry" Tatkhudozhnika / [otv. redaktor Ovchinnikov I.N.]
Kazan': Izdanie Tatkhudozhnika, 1945
YA.1997.a.12124

Koretskii, Viktor Borisovich. Tovarishch plakat: opyt, razmyshleniia
Moskva: Plakat, 1978
X.419/8233 Woolwich

Kryl'ia Rodiny: samolety i piloty v russkom plakate = Wings of the Motherland: planes and pilots in Russian poster / [sostavlenie, Snopkov A.E., Snopkov P.A., Shkliaruk A.F.]
Moskva: Kontakt-kul'tura, 2001
LB.31.c.13335

Kunst und Propaganda: sowjetische Plakate bis 1953: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, 1. Juni-13. August 1989 / [Autoren, Carlpeter Braegger ... et al.. Redaktion, Martin Heller, Christina Reble]
Zürich: Schule und Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, c1989
YA.1993.a.10494

Lashkul, Zinaida Vasilivna. Ukrainskii sovetskii plakat v gody Velikoi Otechestvennoi voiny: 1941-1945 [With reproductions]
Kiev, 1962
7812.v.3

Lebedev, V. Russian placards 1917-1922
Petersburg: Petersburg Branch of the News of the All-Russia Central Executive Committee (Izvestiia VCIK), 1923
C.191.a.13

Liakhov, Volia Nikolaevich. Oleg Savostiuk, Boris Uspenskii
Moskva: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1974
YA.1996.a.500

Liakin, Viktor Nikolaevich. Sovetski reklamnyi plakat, etc.
Moskva: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1972
Cup.1262.gg.25

Making Hitler Look Silly: Cartoons and posters by the Soviet artists Kukryniksi.
London: Soviet War News, 1945
012331.m.179

Mayakovsky, V. Maiakovskii idet v tsekh (stikhi, plakaty, lozungi)
Moskva, 1960
11454.p.62

Nagliadnaia agitatsiia: sbornik metodicheskikh materialov v pomoshch khudozhniku-oformiteliu i organizatoru nagliadnoi agitatsii
Moskva: Plakat, [19--]-
ZA.9.a.8036

Nasha marka: sovetskii reklamnyi plakat 1920-kh godov = Our brand: the Soviet advertising poster of the 1920s / [sostavlenie, Snopkov A.E., Snopkov P.A., Shkliaruk A.F.]
Moskva: Kontakt-kul'tura, 2001
LB.31.c.13337

Nurok, Ariadna IUl'evna. Sovetskii plakat v bor'be za kommunizm [With plates.]
Moskva: Izdatel'stvo Akademii khudozhestv SSSR, 1962
8034.aaa.7

Okhochinsky, V. K. Plakat I: Razvitie i primenenie
Leningrad: Izd-vo Akademii khudozhestv, [1926]
X.419/4228

Okna TASS 1941-1945: katalog vystavki
[Moskva]: Plakat, [1975]
X.809/64415

Pack, Susan. Film posters of the Russian avant-garde
Köln; London: Taschen, c1995
LB.31.c.8339

Plakat v rabochem stroiu / [avtor-sostavitel' N.A. Kidina]
Moskva: Plakat, 1982
L.42/2421

Plakaty pervykh let Sovetskoi vlasti i sotsialisticheskogo stroitel'stva (1918-1941): katalog
Minsk: Polymia, 1985
YV.1988.a.847

Plakaty Velikoi Otechestvennoi voiny 1941-1945 / [sostavlenie i tekst: A.V. Shumakova i R.G. Aleeva]
Moskva: Planeta, 1985
L.45/3638

Plakaty voennoi Moskvy / [sostaviteli, N.N. Glushko ... i dr.]
Moskva: Kontakt-kul'tura, 2001
LB.31.c.13334

Polonskii, Viacheslav. Russkii revoliutsionnyi plakat
[Moskva]: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, [1925]
Cup.410.c.24

Revolutionary Soviet film posters / [compiled by] Mildred Constantine and Alan Fern
Baltimore; London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974
X.423/5133

Rossiia 20 vek: istoriia strany v plakate = Russia 20th century: history of the country in poster
(Moskva: Panorama, 2000)
Shelfmark pending

Russia. KPSS. Lektsionnye plakaty po istorii KPSS. Vypusk 3
Moskva, 1959
1899.w.1

Russischer Konstruktivismus Plakatkunst / Einleitung, Katalog und Künstlerbiographien, Jelena Barchatowa
Weingarten: Kunstverlag Weingarten, c1992
HS.74/784

Ryska affischer 1917-1922: affischer ur Lundellska samlingen ... nov 1984 ? jan 1985 / [katalogtext : Linda Lindenau, Berit Sahlström]
[Uppsala]: Uppsala universitetsbibliotek, 1984
2715.s.5/15

Seht her, Genossen!. Plakate aus der Sowjetunion: herausgegeben von der Rheinisch-Westfalischen Auslandsgesellschaft / kommentiert und mit einem Nachwort von Klaus Waschik
Dortmund: Harenberg, c1982
X.429/15807

Sovetskii kinoplakat (Sbornik statei) [With reproductions]
Moskva, 1961
8915.f.2

Sovetskii politicheskii plakat: iz kollektsii Gosudarstvennoi biblioteki SSSR im. V.I. Lenina = The Soviet political poster: from the Lenin Library collection / [avtor-sostavitel' Nina Ivanovna Baburina]
Moskva: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1984
L.50/338

Sovetskii zrelishchnyi plakat: teatr, tsirk, balet, kino, 1917-1987 / [avtor-sostavitel' N.I. Baburina]
Moskva: Sov. Khudozhnik, 1990
HS.74/451

The Soviet arts poster: theatre, cinema, ballet, circus 1917-1987, from the USSR Lenin Library collection
Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1990
HS.74/476

Soviet political posters
Leningrad: Aurora Art Publishers, 1986
HS.74/330

Soviet war posters, c. 1940-1945: the Tass poster series from the Hallward Library, University of Nottingham: a listing and guide
Marlborough: Adam Matthew, 1992
YC.1995.a.4190

Spirit of the Soviet Union. Anti-Nazi cartoons and posters, etc.
[London]: Pilot Press; Nicholson & Watson, 1942
12332.b.35

Stalin s nami? = Is Stalin with us? / [avtor teksta D.A. Volkogonov]
Dnepropetrovsk: Panorama, 1991
HS.74/1577

Sviridova, I. A. Sovetskii politicheskii plakat, nekotorye tendentsii razvitiia plakata na sovremennom etape
Moskva: Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo, 1975
X.809/61658

Taktash, R. Kh. Faruk Kagarov: plakat
Moskva: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1985
X.429/18007

The Trotsky-Stalin conflict: [catalogue of] an exhibition of Soviet Revolutionary posters, caricatures, book and manuscript materials related to the Trotsky-Stalin conflict
Garden City, N.Y.: The Gallery [etc.], 1979
X.702/6237

TSirk v russkom plakate = Circus in Russian poster
Moskva: Kontakt-kul'tura, 2001
LB.31.c.13336

Velikaia Otechestvennaia voina v izobrazitel'nom iskusstve / [avtor-sostavitel' M.M. Cherniakhovskii]
Moskva: [Voennoe izdatel'stvo Ministerstva oborony SSSR], 1982
HS.74/1369

Viktor Semenovich Ivanov / [sostavitel': Irina Aleksandrovna Sviridova]
Moskva: Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo, 1988
YV.1989.b.1791

Vorontsov, V. S. Olimpiiskii plakat
Moskva: Fizkul'tura i sport, 1981
X.629/19333

Vsem mirom protiv pianstva / [red. M.P. Absaliamova, khudozhnik N.G. Vasil'eva, vstup. statia V. Penzin]
Moskva: Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo, 1989
LB.31.c.11817

Vystavka satiricheskikh plakatov kollektiva leningradskikh khudozhnikov i poetov "Boevoi karandash": Katalog
Leningrad: Khudozhnik RSFSR, 1981
YA.1997.a.20645

White, Stephen. The Bolshevik poster
New Haven, Conn.; London: Yale University Press, 1988
LB.31.b.404

Williams, Albert Rhys. Through the Russian Revolution ... Illustrated with photographs and Russian posters in colors.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1921
9456.b.32

Zhenshchiny v russkom plakate = Women in Russian poster
(Moskva: Kontakt-Kul'tura, 2001)
LB.31.c.12367

Zhitomirskii, Aleksandr. Iskusstvo politicheskogo fotomontazha: sovety khudozhniku
Moskva: Plakat, 1983
X.421/25554

Znamena Pervomaia / [avtor-sostavitel' i avtor teksta A.S. Budiak]
Moskva: Sovetskaia Rossiia, 1986
YV.1988.a.1198

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