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Call for Donations: Public Protest Materials

By Julie May

Posted on January 17, 2018

In January 2016, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) posted a call for Brooklynites to donate their Women’s March Posters. We received 50 contributions that now make up the Women’s March Poster collection. Brooklynites have a long history of actively participating in local, regional, and national events that have an impact on Brooklyn and the United States. As the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March and the 45th President’s Inauguration approach, BHS invites Brooklynites once again to help build our collections. We seek to broaden our scope by documenting Brooklyn’s history and development that provides important insights into both our local and national history and heritage by focusing on the topic of Public Protest.

If you are a Brooklynite who has participated and continues to participate in public displays of democracy and protest in the New York City area, please consider donating posters, buttons, fliers, stickers, and other ephemera you created and collected. Whether it was to protest the Atlantic Yards development plan in 2006 or more recently the Muslim Ban Protest at JFK, the Yemeni-American Bodega Strike at Borough Hall, or nightly rallies outside Senator Charles Schumer’s Park Slope residence, consider how your participation provides evidence of Brooklyn’s involvement in public protest for future researchers, scholars, and curators and contact us using the form below.

What we’re collecting:

  • Buttons
  • Posters
  • Fliers
  • Stickers
  • Ephemera

Examples of events/topics BHS is interested in documenting:

  • Atlantic Yards development plan
  • Muslim Ban protest at JFK
  • Yemeni-American Bodega strike
  • Senator Charles Schumer Park Slope rallies
  • Anti-Trump protests throughout NYC
  • Vision Zero rallies
  • Occupy Wall Street protest
  • Anti-fracking protests
  • Superfund site rallies

To donate up to 5 items to BHS, please fill out this form and deliver/send your items to the address provided. By submitting your items to Brooklyn Historical Society, you agree the items become the property of BHS and may be accessioned, stored, loaned, exhibited, or disposed of in such a manner as the BHS deems fit, in accordance with prevailing professional museum standards.

For larger collections, please visit our donation page.

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