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2009.12.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Political Posters, Prints Part of Criss Library Exhibition

Omaha - Political posters and historical prints from the personal collection of Sam Walker, professor emeritus with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will be on display at the university’s Criss Library January 11 through March 11.

An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Criss Library art gallery, located on the main floor.

The featured works hail from World War I and World War II, along with the civil rights movement, American presidents and more.

Among those noted items in Walker's collection:

• Two original Japanese American Internment Proclamations. These are the official government announcements to people of Japanese ancestry. The first is one of the March 1942 proclamations directing people to report for evacuation. The second, dated December 17, 1944, announces the termination of the program, and telling people they are free to return to their homes on the west coast.

• Kennedy for President, in Polish. This is a very rare 1960 poster issued by the Polish- American Committee for John F. Kennedy.

• Norman Rockwell, The Four Freedoms (1943). The exhibit includes several items from Rockwell’s famous illustrations of the Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear). They include a complete set of the four illustrations in a medium size; a large version of the Save Freedom of Speech poster; copies of the Saturday Evening Post where they were first published; and several other items.

• Honor King, End Racism. This is a very rare poster from Memphis, Tenn., that was printed and distributed immediately following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis in April 1968.

• Buffett for Congress. This is a campaign poster, on canvas, supporting Howard Buffet of Omaha for Congress. Howard Buffett was the father of Warren Buffet. He served three terms in Congress in the 1940s.

For more information contact Criss Library at (402) 554-3206 or visit http://library.unomaha.edu.

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