Chicago Printmakers Collaborative: Resistance Materials

Dates: 2016-2017
Size: .25 linear feet in 1 half box, 1 oversize folder (includes 18 photographs)
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center,
Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: c00085
Provenance: Donated by Deborah Maris Lader, 2017.
Language: Materials are in English.
Access: Materials are open without restrictions.
Use: Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.
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. Updated and reformatted for ArchivesSpace by Michelle McCoy, 2021.


Organizational documents and a selection of hand-printed protest materials from the 2017 Print -- Organize -- Protest (P.O.P.) event hosted by the Lincoln Square print studio and gallery, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) in 2017.


In 1989, Deborah Maris Lader established Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) 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 Contents

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 two series: Series 1: Administration, 2016-2017 and Series 2: Printed Materials, 2017.

Related Materials

  • Chicago Civic Action Collection
  • Chicago Printers Guild Collection
  • Drawing and Print Collection

Controlled Vocabulary

  • Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
  • Lader, Deborah Maris
  • Print - Organize - Protest
  • Protest Movements--Illinois--Chicago
  • Political art
  • Seriography

Collection Inventory

Series 1: Administration, 2016-2017

Scope and Contents

Series 1 contains the planning and event materials for the collaboration between Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and the Print - Organize - Protest (P.O.P.) campaign.


Series 1 is arranged alphabetically by organization or material type. The number of items is indicated in parentheses.

Box 1 Folder 1 Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC), 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 (CPC) event, Chicago Tribune, news clipping, 2017 March 13
Box 1 Folder 4 Print - Organize - Protest (P.O.P.), Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) event photographs, includes CPC artists Victoria Marie Barquin, Matt Bodett, Bart Longacre and Megan Sterling (18), 2017 March 5
Box 1 Folder 5 Print - Organize - Protest (P.O.P.), web pages, 2017

Series 2: Printed Materials, 2017

Scope and Contents

Series 2 contains examples of resistance materials printed at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative event.


Series 2 is arranged alphabetically by the title of the printed work.

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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