Chicago Printmakers Collaborative: Resistance Materials

Dates: 2017
Size: .25 linear feet, 1 half box, 1 oversize folder, 18 photographs
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center,
Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: c00085
Provenance: Donated to the Chicago Public Library by Deborah Maris Lader, 2017.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is:
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Resistance Materials, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.
Processed by: Michelle McCoy, May 2018

Historical Note

The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) was established in 1989 by Deborah Maris Lader as a studio environment for working printmakers. Located at 4912 N Western Avenue in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, CPC’s regular community offerings include printmaking classes, demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions and visiting artist lectures along with providing a retail outlet for print-based artwork.

Shortly after the election of President Donald J. Trump, CPC joined Print - Organize - Protest (P.O.P.), a network of artists and printers for social change, to host an event to help create protest materials for DailyActivists, a progressive action smartphone app and website. The goal of the resulting March 5, 2017 event, “Postcards of Persistence,” was to enable the community to learn how the print arts, namely screen printing, could be used to create resistance materials such as posters, postcards and t-shirts for rallies and as part of campaigns to contact legislators. CPC provided screens, inks and several designs and offered hands-on assistance. Attendees brought their own t-shirts or paper.

Scope and Content

This collection contains email correspondence and organizational materials along with photographs, sample posters and postcards that were created at the March 5, 2017 event at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative as part of the Print - Organize - Protest campaign.


The materials are divided into 2 series.

Series 1, Administration, covers the organizational efforts between the CPC and the (P.O.P.) network and Series 2, Printed Materials, includes samples of the materials that were created by CPC artists with guests at the March 5, 2017 event.

Subject Headings

Lader, Deborah Maris
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Print - Organize - Protest
Protest posters
Protest movements

Related Materials

Chicago Printers Guild Collection

Container List

Series 1: Administration

Box 1 Folder 1 Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, brochure, business card, information sheet, 2017
Box 1 Folder 2 Email correspondence and attachments, 2016 December 8-2017 March 17
Box 1 Folder 3 Print - Organize - Protest (P.O.P.), event flyers, 2017
Oversize Folder 1   Print - Organize - Protest (P.O.P.), Chicago Printmakers Collaborative event, Chicago Tribune, news clipping, 2017 March 13
Box 1 Folder 4

Print - Organize - Protest (P.O.P.), Chicago Printmakers Collaborative event photographs, 2017 March 5 (18)

Includes CPC members: Victoria Marie Barquin, Matt Bodett, Bart Longacre and Megan Sterling.

Box 1 Folder 5 Print - Organize - Protest (P.O.P.), web pages, 2017

Series 2: Printed Materials

Box 1 Folder 6 “All hands on deck,” screen print postcard sheet, postcards and poster, 2017
Box 1 Folder 7 “Climate change is real…,” “HOPE” and “We don’t need no education,” screen print postcard sheet and postcards, 2017
Box 1 Folder 8 [Hand with oversize safety pin,] poster, 2017
Box 1 Folder 9 “Hope,” screen print postcard and posters, 2017
Box 1 Folder 10 “If you don’t want refugees…don’t create them,” “#RESIST” and “You’re fired!” screen print postcard sheet and postcards, 2017
Oversize Folder 1   “Meet my ____ #Immigrant, #NoBanNoWall,” screen print poster by Deborah Maris Lader, signed, 2017
Box 1 Folder 11 “One nation, all stripes and colors,” inkjet poster draft, 2017
Oversize Folder 1   “#ShePersisted,” screen print poster by Deborah Maris Lader, signed, 2017
Box 1 Folder 12 “This machine kills fascists,” screen print poster, 2017
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