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UC Riverside’s Special Collections & University Archives holds a large collection of pamphlets, spanning from the 19th and 20th centuries, that address a wide variety of social, political, economic, and religious issues. In this exhibition, we present a small sampling of the types of topics and pamphlets that can be found in our collections. 

A pamphlet is often defined as an unbound brief publication without a cover or with a paper cover, usually focused on a singular topic. As a form of communication that is easy to print and cheap to produce, pamphlets have been used as an effective way to disseminate information to a mass audience since the early 16th century.

Pamphlets were often used as a way to convince others of a point of view or way of thinking, and can be a good source for the kinds of information the average person was receiving on particular issues. They were a very popular way to spread religious teachings and doctrine, endorse political parties, advocate for social change, and have even been used as a way to promote propaganda for various governments and institutions.

View this exhibition Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Rivera Library in Special Collections & University Archives. 

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