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Chicago Printmakers Collaborative: Resistance Materials

Identifier: spe-c00085

Scope and Contents

This collection contains email correspondence and organizational materials along with photographs, sample posters and postcards that were created at the March 5, 2017 event at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative as part of the Print - Organize - Protest campaign.


  • Creation: 2016 - 2017

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff at Chicago Public Library Special Collections to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.

Biographical / Historical

In 1989, Deborah Maris Lader established Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) as a studio environment for working printmakers. Located at 4912 N Western Avenue in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, CPC’s regular community offerings include printmaking classes, demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions and visiting artist lectures along with providing a retail outlet for print-based artwork.

Shortly after the election of President Donald J. Trump, CPC joined Print - Organize - Protest (P.O.P.), a network of artists and printers for social change, to host an event to help create protest materials for DailyActivists, a progressive action smartphone app and website. The goal of the resulting March 5, 2017 event, “Postcards of Persistence,” was to enable the community to learn how the print arts, namely screen printing, could be used to create resistance materials such as posters, postcards and t-shirts for rallies and as part of campaigns to contact legislators. CPC provided screens, inks and several designs and offered hands-on assistance. Attendees brought their own t-shirts or paper.


.25 Linear Feet (in 1 half box, 1 oversize folder (includes 18 photographs))

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Organizational documents and a selection of hand-printed protest materials from the 2017 Print -- Organize -- Protest (P.O.P.) event hosted by the Lincoln Square print studio and gallery, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) in 2017.


The materials are divided into two series: Series 1: Administration, 2016-2017 and Series 2: Printed Materials, 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Deborah Maris Lader, 2017.

Related Materials

Chicago Civic Action Collection

Chicago Printers Guild Collection

Drawing and Print Collection

Guide to the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative: Resistance Materials
Michelle McCoy, May 2018. Updated and reformatted for ArchivesSpace by Michelle McCoy, 2021.
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

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