Citizens, preserve historical monuments. People's Commissariat for Education, Department for the Affairs of Museums and Protection of Monuments of Art and Antiquity. 9 Dead Lane, Moscow.

Poster Number: PP 1018
Poster Notes: This poster was produced out of necessity owing to the fact that historical artifacts and art were being destroyed by the public in the name of the Revolution.
Media Size: 33x29
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: c.1918
Technical Information on Poster: Moscow, 9 Dead Lane (today Nikitskii Lane)
Catalog Notes: PP 1018 Education and Literacy
Artist: Kupreianov, Nikolai Nikolaevich — Купреянов, Николай Николаевич
Printer: Printer not indicated —
Publisher: Narkompros (People’s Commissariat for Education) — Наркомпрос

The People's Commissariat for Education (Narkompros) was formed in 1918 and it encompassed the former Imperial Ministry of Public Education, the State Education Committee, and the former Palace Ministry (an entity that managed theaters, the Academy of Arts and the royal palaces). Overseeing Narkompros was the All-Russian Central Executive Committee (VTsIK). As the main educational branch of the government, Narkompros carried out a compliment of programs such as the combating of illiteracy, professional education, adult education, and increasing public arts through its Proletkult (proletarskaya kultura) division. In 1922, state censorship was regulated via the office of Glavlit (Main Administration for Literature and Publishing of the People's Commissariat for Education)-- the censorship authority over Narkompros. Referred to as "control"; all publishing, live performances and public speeches were scrutinized by Narkompros editorial boards for potential security risks. Anatoli Lunacharskii, an art critic, author and journalist, headed Narkompros until 1929. In 1946, Narkompros was re-organized as the Ministry of Education.

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