Skip to main content

Soviet propaganda posters

Collection MS-2017-056: Soviet propaganda posters


  • Creation: 1978 - 1982

Scope and Contents

Russian-language posters published in Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The posters show images celebrating the achievements of the USSR, including young Soviet workers, military and scientific innovation, and political leaders. There are twenty-five color pages; a number of posters are printed as triptychs, so there are just fifteen distinct posters in total. Two of the posters are in Armenian, but their publication notes are in Russian.

Language of Materials

In Russian and Armenian.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical Note

The Soviet Union was formed in 1922, five years after the collapse of the Russian Empire, with the former revolutionary Vladimir Lenin as its first leader. It operated under a one-party system in which the Communist Party governed in congruence with the Premier of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union ultimately comprised 15 republics across eastern Europe and central Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgiziya, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. At its height there were nearly 300 million people living under Soviet rule. It transformed into a world power under Joseph Stalin, who led the Soviets to victory on the eastern front in World War II. Post-war struggle for geopolitical control led to the Cold War, a nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union, which began in 1947 and ended in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union.


5.5 Linear Feet (2 containers)


Russian-language posters published in Moscow, Russia. The posters show images celebrating the achievements of the Soviet Union, including young Soviet workers, military and scientific innovation, and political leaders. Two of the posters are in Armenian, with publication notes in Russian.


Gift of Robert Douglas Bejoian (2017).

Processing Information

Posters were translated from Russian by Nina Bogdanovsky, Senior Research Librarian/Bibliographer, O'Neill Library, Boston College.


Posters have been assigned individual numbers to facilitate tracking and retrieval, since poster text is in Russian and Armenian. The number is in pencil on the upper right-hand corner of the back of each poster. Triptych parts are indicated by the addition of "a", "b", and "c" to the poster number.

Soviet Propaganda Posters
Lynn Moulton
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States