Austin History Center

Terry Allbright and Michael Rush Political Posters

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Allbright, Terry,
Creator: Rush, Michael,
Title: Terry Allbright and Michael Rush Political Posters
Dates: 1971-1986
Abstract: Terry Allbright and Michael Rush were University of Texas students active in the antiwar, social justice and civil right movements on campus during the 1970s. The twenty-seven posters and two flyers document their political involvement and interests including Latin American government policy, prisoner rights, national and international women's rights, and peace movements.
Identification: AR.2016.063
Quantity: .8 linear feet (27 posters and 2 flyers)
Location: qAR
Language: English and Spanish
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Terry Allbright attended the University of Texas (UT) as an undergraduate in the late 1960s and continued on at UT in a doctoral program in cultural anthropology with a focus on material culture. During this time there was a shift from liberal arts education to occupation focused programs which made finding jobs in the academic job market difficult so Allbright turned her PhD dissertation into a master’s thesis and left the Anthropology department to attend nursing school. After starting her career at Brackenridge Hospital she moved on to nursing education and eventually went back to graduate school to get a masters in counseling and guidance and became a psychotherapist.

Michael Rush graduated from the University of Texas (UT) with an undergraduate degree in 1967 and became a VISTA volunteer in Seattle, Washington. While in Seattle he pursued a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Washington, returning to UT in 1971 to attend a doctorate program in the English department. Rush left the doctoral program to put his skills as an organizer for nonprofits to work with such organizations as Austin Community Schools at Maplewood Elementary, Austin Families, Earthshare Texas and as the director of the United Way in Odessa, Texas.

Partners that eventually married, Rush and Allbright became involved in social justice, civil rights and the student protest movement during their college careers and embraced the collective living movement of the time. Rush was active at the University of Washington in the antiwar movement while a student in Seattle. Allbright’s entrance into the student protest movement began during her undergraduate years at the University of Texas with the free speech movement of the 1960s that saw students insisting that university administration lift the ban on on-campus political activities. The opening of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library on the University of Texas campus in 1971 with both Johnson and Richard Nixon in attendance had galvanized the antiwar movement at UT and that energy continued throughout the 1970s with political activism expanding to encompass several social justice causes such as Latin American government policy, farm workers’ rights, the Chicano civil rights movement, feminism, and women’s rights throughout the world. During their graduate school careers Allbright and Rush were active in the democratic socialist group New American Movement (NAM).

Scope and Contents

The 27 posters and 2 programs in this collection document Allbright and Rush’s political involvement and interests during the 1970s. The majority of the posters were created by local artists, with other being printed locally using designs and/or images shared throughout the county. A few of the posters were mailed to local sympathetic organizations to post locally. Included are four antiwar posters protesting the war in Vietnam; three posters publicizing the atrocities that led to the 1971 Attica prison uprising; two programs and six posters designed to bring attention to the political situation in Mexico, Chile, Cuba and the rest of Latin America through the use of documentary films, books and visual art; six posters highlighting issues affecting women both nationally and internationally including the promotion of International Women’s Day; and four posters promoting a demonstration against the Rockefeller Commission on Critical Choices for America. Also included are single posters related to the trial of Joann (Joanne) Little that was created by the New American Movement, as well as the promotion of the Indians Discover Columbus Day benefit sponsored by American Indians Now Texans; the Peasant Paintings from Huhsien County of the People’s Republic of China exhibit sponsored by the US-China Peoples Friendship Association; the film A Luta Continua about the struggle for Mozambique Independence; and the Plástica Chicana Conference held in Austin in 1979 to focus on the historical and cultural significance of Chicano art.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Allbright, Terry.
Rush, Michael.
Subjects (Organizations)
New American Movement (Organization). Austin Chapter.
Commission on Critical Choices for Americans.
Austin Women Workers (Tex.).
Third World Films (Austin, Tex.).
University of Texas at Austin.
Latin American Policy Alternatives Group (Austin, Tex.).
Political posters, Mozambican.
Political posters, Latin American.
Peace movements.
International Women's Day.
Women’s rights--Texas--Austin.
Human rights--Texas--Austin.
Students--Political activity.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States.
Prisoners--United States--History.
Political activist--Texas--Austin.
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
South America--Politics and government--20th century.
Document Types

Related Material

Austin Files - Protests, Demonstrations, etc. P7750

Archives & Manuscripts - AR.1999.016 Joseph Jay Jones Handbills and Papers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Terry Allbright and Michael Rush Political Posters (AR.2016.03). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2016/068

Donation Date: 2016

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Posters, 1971-1986

Location BoxItem
qAR 081/001 Chile: Free All Political Prisoners, undated
081/002 La Pena Presents Chile: No Habra Perdon Ni Olvido, circa 1986
081/011 Lucia: The Cuban Epic of Love & Revolution,
081/016 Reed: Mexico Insugente, Paul Leduc film,
081/017 Third World Films Focus: Latin America, 1973 Fall
081/003-004 Austin Women Workers - Mary and Elizabeth, circa 1975
081/005 Celebrate International Women's Day - Austin Women Workers, circa 1975
081/006 Austin Women Workers for International Women's Day. Graphic by the Black Panther Party, 1975 March 8
081/020 Joanne Little, Free Out Sisters, Free Our Selves! (Joan Little), New American Movement circa 1976
081/007 International Women's Day, 1975 March 8
081/008 Socialist Feminist Conference, Antioch College, undated
081/012 Cuban Women Now, undated
081/026 Ho Chi Mihn poem, undated
081/027 Organization of Solidarity of the People of Asia, Africa & Latin America (OSPAAAL) - Don't nuke Viet Nam, circa 1970s
081/010 Bach Mai Relief Fund for North Vietnam hospitals, circa 1972
081/009 Women in Revolt at Republican Convention - Cambodge, Viet Nam, Laos, Victoire, circa 1976
081/013 Comrade George Jackson (prison reform), circa 1971
081/014 The Sound Before the Fury - L.D. Barkley (prison reform), circa 1971
081/015 Attica! We Will Not Forget - Protest Demonstration against the Rockefeller Commission on Critical Choices for America, circa 1971
081/021 "Are we going to let capitali$t$ continue making our CHOICES?"" - Protest Demonstration against the Rockefeller Commission on Critical Choices for America", undated
081/022 "God Almighty made women and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies" - Protest Demonstration against the Rockefeller Commission on Critical Choices for America, undated
081/023 "…in 1970 Nelson Rockefeller went on an official "fact finding" tour of Latin America… This is what happened:" - Demonstration against the Rockefeller Commission on Critical Choices for America,
081/024 "We have to get the cheats and welfare chiselers off the taxpayers backs!" - Protest Demonstration against the Rockefeller Commission on Critical Choices for America,
081/028 Peasant Paintings from Huhsien County of the People's Republic of China, US-China People Friendship Association, 1978
081/025 Indians Discover Columbus Day Benefit, American Indians Now Texans undated
081/019 Mozambique Independence, African and Afro-American Studies and Research Center, undated
081/018 Conferencia Plástica Chicana, Mujeres Artistas del Suroeste, 1979