The majority of poster paintings in the collection were created by Batiste Madalena who is the most well-known of these artists. Madalena worked in Rochester, New York, in the mid-1920s. Almost forgotten, his work was discovered by filmmaker Steven Katten who donated one-third of Madalena's poster paintings that are included in the collection. The other two-thirds came from Madalena's family. These major contributions are supplemented by the work of Jane Powell, the wife of former Academy president Charles M. Powell. Powell is responsible for the library's acquisition of much of the rest of the collection, particularly the manuscript component.
In addition to the actual poster paintings there are 4.7 linear feet of documents including some correspondence, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks and copies of articles from the trade publication "Signs of the Times." Of special note is a photograph album that documents the work of Edwin "Ike" Checketts. Checketts was active in Utah from roughly 1915 until the mid-1920s.
Gift of Jane Powell and Lori Berthelsen, 2001-2003.