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The Tom Law San Francisco Bay Area Punk and Rock Handbill and Poster Collection

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The Tom Law San Francisco Bay Area Punk and Rock Handbill and Poster Collection was recently acquired and is housed in Special Collections, Green Library. It contains approximately 1400 original posters of Punk Rock Band performances in the San Francisco Bay area.

Law lived in San Francisco from 1983-86, first in the Tenderloin and then on Haight Street and liked to pass his time collecting posters from various clubs. He removed the posters and preserved them for his own enjoyment. The vast majority of the posters are photocopies on standard 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. The collection contains posters from at least 29 clubs including The Stone, Wolfgang’s, Mabuhay Gardens, Graffiti, Oasis, Hotel Utah, Club Foot, The Farm, and the Tool & Die Club. Over 100 bands are documented including Terra Incognita, Wages of Sin, The Vandals, Agent Orange, Hüsker Dü, Vestal Virgins, Dead Kennedys, The Dicks, 10,000 Maniacs, Butthole Surfers, Snotgreensea, Catheads, and Morticia.


Is an exhibit planned Mimi? This would be great to view!
I'd love to see this exhibited!

The collection is available for research use in the Department of Special Collections, Green Library. Catalog citation,
So when will this be up to come and see?

The collection is currently available for research use at the Department of Special Collections. No exhibit is planned at this time. Catalog citation,
Are there any plans to scan some or all of the collection? (and another vote for an exhibit!!)

We hope to some day digitize the collection but there is no timeline for this to happen at present.

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