Posters, small prints, reproduced graphics

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Orosz, István: Tovariŝi konyec!The Collection of Posters and Small Prints has been operating as an independent collection unit within National Széchényi Library since 1935.

The archive continuously and systematically collects, processes and services special image and text-based documents. The most important of them are graphic posters, engravings and lithographs, ex librises and graphics for special occasions, loose-leaf albums, picture postcards, text posters and leaflets, obituaries, yellow backs, speeches and poems written for special occasions, theses of dissertations, playbills and invitation cards, dance cards, various calendars, catalogues and registers, prints used by companies and other institutions for official and everyday purposes.

NSZL’s Collection of Posters and Small Prints collects small prints printed in Hungary after 1711 as well as Hungary-related small prints published abroad, and documents of such type made by reproduced graphics. The archive keeps a total of approximately 4 million independent documents, so it can be regarded as the biggest among the Special Collections of National Széchényi Library.

One part of the collection consists of image documents made mainly by reproduced graphics technique. Most important of them all are graphic posters. Hungary’s biggest and most comprehensive collection of graphic posters, holding roughly 120,000 units, can be found in National Széchényi Library. It covers the history of Hungarian poster art, right from the beginnings (1885) up until the present day.


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