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MS Russ 135

Castañé, José María, collector. José María Castañé collection of political broadsides from revolutionary Russia, 1917-1920 (MS Russ 135): Guide

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf
Call No.: MS Russ 135
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Castañé, José María
Title: José María Castañé collection of political broadsides from revolutionary Russia
Date(s): 1917-1920 and undated
Quantity: .8 linear feet (17 posters in 15 folders)
Language of materials: Collection material is in Russian.
Abstract: Printed political broadsides from revolutionary Russia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2014M-120. Gift of José María Castañé.

Processing Information:

Processed by Irina Klyagin, 2017 March.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

José María Castañé Collection of Political Broadsides from Revolutionary Russia, 1917-1920 (MS Russ 135). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

José María Castañé is a Spanish businessman and patron of the arts. His collection of artifacts and documents relating to the major conflicts of the 20th century, of which Russian broadsides forms one part, was compiled over some 25 years. A substantial portion of the Castane Collection was donated to Harvard University's Houghton Library in 2015.


Arranged chronologically by the year of printing.

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of 17 political broadsides with appeals, statements and announcements from various Russian political parties, and several branches of the Russian government in Petrograd and Moscow between the years of 1917 and 1920. Topics range from appeals to the workers, peasants and soldiers, and women-workers to protect the new state from enemies to proclamations on May 1st holiday and anniversaries of the October revolution.

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Additional Index Terms

Castañé, José María