The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.
This collection was processed by Ethan Steinfels in 2009 and Lindsay Bedford and Patrick Trembeth in 2011. The second gift of material was processed by Kyle Conway in January-March 2015. Dr. Richard Oestreicher wrote all of the scope and content notes within the collection as well as writing the History section.
Digital reproductions of the majority of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
In Oestreicher's own words, "In graduate school I discovered that the world of antique ephemera and collectibles gave me access to historical raw materials and a source of supplementary income. Selling junk was more fun and more lucrative than other jobs that had carried me through summer breaks in graduate funding. For the last thirty-four years I've followed a sometimes schizophrenic path: radical historian by day, hippy-trippy, petty bourgeois capitalist on the side. Along the way I accumulated a vast hoard of ephemera relating to American working-class and radical history." Oestreicher donated his collection to the Archives Service Center in 2007.
A.E. Forbes Communist Collection, 1921-1972, AIS.2000.07, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh
American Left Ephemera Collection, 1875-2015, AIS.2007.11, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh