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Paola Agosti photographs

Call Number: GEN MSS 1759
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 667 black-and-white and color photographic prints by Italian photographer Paola Agosti documenting social change, political movements, and daily life in Italy, South America, Cuba, and the United States.

Agosti’s photographs of Italy depict the feminist movement and women’s rights organizations Movimento di Liberazione della Donna and Unione Donne Italiane in the 1970s and 1980s, the gay rights collective Fronte Unitario Omosessuale Rivoluzionario Italiano in 1976, women factory workers in Northern Italy in 1983, and the decline of traditional peasant society in rural Piedmont during the 1970s and 1980s. The collection also includes photographs of Piedmontese immigrants in Argentina in the late 1980s and 1990s, and images documenting social movements in Chile after the 1970 election, such as protests by the Mapuche people. There is a small selection of images taken in Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Other photographs show women in Cuba in 1995, cityscapes across the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, Black residents of Roxbury, Boston, and political demonstrations at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Notable subjects in the collection include Italian gay rights activist Mario Mieli, Italian writer Nuto Revelli, Cuban politicians Fidel Castro and Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, Chilean President Salvador Allende, and American poet Allen Ginsberg.

All photographs were assigned a catalog code number from Y1 to Y667, which are labeled on the verso of prints and listed in the collection inventories. Photographs are signed by Agosti and inscribed with manuscript captions in Italian. While the original images were taken from 1968 to 1995, the collection contains both vintage prints and artists’ proofs printed by Agosti from 2016 to 2020. Materials are dated 1970 to 2020.

Language of Materials

In Italian and English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Paola Agosti Photographs is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from S. T. di Matteo di Castro on the Edith and Richard French Fund, 2016.

Purchased from S. T. di Matteo di Castro on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2018.

Purchased from S. T. di Matteo di Castro on the Edith and Richard French Fund, 2020.


Organized into eight series: I. Feminist Movement in Italy, 1974-2016. II. Gay Rights Movement in Italy, 1976-2017. III. Women in Factories, 1983-2017. IV. Piedmont, 1977-2017. V. South America, 1970-2020. VI. Cuba, 1995-2020. VII. United States, 1972-2020. VIII. Collection Inventories, undated.

1.3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Related Names
Agosti, Paola
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