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Archives & Special Collections Exhibits

Guide on Past and Current Archives & Special Collections Exhibits @ the University of Pittsburgh Library System - Oakland (2020-present)

Latin American Postcards/Postales

Date of Exhibition: Fall 2023-Present

Curators: Martha E. Mantilla, Librarian for Latin American Studies and the Eduardo Lozano Collection     

Location: Archives & Special Collections exhibit gallery, 3rd floor Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh 3960 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260 

Description: The University of Pittsburgh Library System’s Latin American Postcard collection offers a rich historical and visual record of 20th-century life and culture in South America and Cuba. The collection contains nine hundred postcards printed before 1918 and into the 1950s. Primarily, these were originally purchased by European and American tourists to send back home, including handwriting in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Later, Dr. Anton (Tony) Rosenthal collected and taught themes of urban public space, popular culture, and visual history of Latin America with this collection at the University of Kansas before donating them to the University of Pittsburgh.

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