Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

Russia and Eastern Europe - Image and Sound

The IISH houses a large collection of original posters in constructivist and social-realist styles from the countries of the former Soviet Union. Twenty posters designed by local Azerbaijani artists in the 1930s are especially striking. Most depict healthy and happy workers, soldiers and mothers, and a friendly, smiling Stalin.

The 'musical letters' reflect the same style but are from after the war. Musical letters are double picture postcards with a sleeve containing a small record of songs from the classical Soviet repertoire or melodies about world peace. The Russian Children's Books collection from the 1920s and 30s, illustrated by avant-garde artists, is fascinating. The photographs of the Image and Sound Department originate from archives and collections. Badges and insignia, commemoration tiles and other historical objects have been given the place they deserve in the Image and Sound department. The Image & Sound Department also contains video tapes about the war in former Yugoslavia and Croatian television recordings about Serb campaigns (1991).