Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library May 1968 Paris protest collection
- 1968 May-June
- Santo Domingo, Julio Mario (Collector, Person)
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Extent1.2 linear feet (3 boxes, 29 folders in 3 drawers)
Many posters produced during May 1968 were created by art students of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, calling themselves the Atelier Populaire. Other posters were produced by Comités d’Action and strikers’ committees. All work was produced anonymously.
Reference is given in the guide to the catalog of the production of the Atelier Populaire, Beauty in the streets: A visual record of the May ’68 Paris uprising, edited by Johan Kugelberg with Philippe Vermès (London: Four Corners Books, 2012), pp. 190-202, which gives numbered, color, thumbnail images. This is meant to facilitate browsing of images prior to request; no reference number does not mean a poster is not in the book, simply that there is no color reproduction.
Biographical / Historical
Things continued to escalate, and encounters between students and police became increasingly violent. Students began to erect barricades, which police then fought to remove. The brutality of the police the night of May 10 effectively turned public opinion in favor of the students and radicals, and union leaders met to discuss a strike to support the students. On May 13, millions of workers went on strike in solidarity with the students, effectively bringing the country to a halt, and many factories were occupied. Unrest had reached the point where the government feared an open revolution or civil war. On May 30, President de Gaulle dissolved the National Assembly, called for a national election on June 23, and ordered workers to return to work or he would declare a state of emergency. The Communists agreed to a new election and, from that point on, revolutionary feelings, and violence, faded quickly. Workers began to return to work; the national student union called off the street demonstrations. By mid-June, things had returned to normal.
- I. Posters
- II. Postcards
- III. Fliers (printed matter)
- IV. Printed and other material.
The first drawer contains items 1-48, which are shelved with pfMS Russ 129 (58).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Forms part of the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.
- Kugelberg, Johan, with Philippe Vermès. Beauty in the streets: A visual record of the May ’68 Paris uprising. London: Four Corners Books, 2012.
- Rohan, Marc. Paris ’68: Graffiti, posters, newspapers & poems of the events of May 1968. London: Impact Books, 1988.
- Santo Domingo, Julio Mario, 1957-2009, collector. Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library May 1968 Paris protest collection, 1968: Guide.
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