President Barack Obama Visual Iconography

In 2008 Cornell Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) began building a collection of political campaign publicity and memorabilia documenting the campaign and election of President Barack Obama. Cornell has begun to compile a digital catalog and index of the collection.

When presented together, these materials provide a unique visual iconography of the election of America’s first black President, offering an important teaching and research resource for understanding modern campaign strategies and political mobilization, and the representation of American politics through various media markets. The digital collection will be of interest to multiple disciplines, including art, art history, history, American studies, Africana studies, media studies, visual studies, political science, and government.

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Image: President Barack Obama: uncredited inauguration remembrance.