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Albert and Angela Feldstein collection

Identifier: MSS 717

Scope and Contents

The Albert and Angela Feldstein collection consist of thousands of political buttons, posters, pamphlets, stickers, bumper stickers, hats, tote bags, drinkware, conference swag, photographs, t-shirts, and other ephemera from U. S. political events such as conventions, marches, and demonstrations for Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ rights, women's rights, Republican and Democratic conventions, and other events.


  • Creation: 1912 - 2020
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1965 - 2020

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Albert Feldstein began collecting political buttons in 1967 as a political science student at the University of Maryland. Feldstein is a former program manager of the Maryland Department of Planning, retiring in 2014 after 38 years of service. Feldstein was interested in the "cause" and "protest" of topics and attended marches, rallies, campaigns, protests, and demonstrations and collected ephemera from opposing viewpoints. Feldstein would say "To me, these buttons are a colorful and graphic depiction of our First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly and petition." (Quote from Larry, Greg. "Local man collecting political memorabilia for 50 years." Cumberland Times-News. November 7, 2016.


approximately 35 Linear Feet (46 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Al Feldstein in 2019.

Related Materials

Albert and Angela Feldstein donated portions of their collection also to the Smithsonian, Frostberg State University, Allegany Museum, University of Kansas, The Ohio State University, New York State Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, and the Arab American Museum.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2020.

Sources consulted in the creation of this finding aid include:

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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA