Chinese Papercuts

Collection Information

The Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan possesses a stunning collection of rare propaganda papercuts from the Cultural Revolution--a period of massive political upheaval in China that began in 1966 and lasted about a decade. The papercuts were scanned and made available as high-resolution digital images in this collection by the University Library Digital Library Production Service (DLPS).

View the News Service article about the papercuts discovery.

The University of Michigan Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes and makes no warranty with regard to their use for other purposes. If you decide to use any of these materials, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission or licenses.

With respect to this collection, we are unable to identify a possible rightsholder and have elected to place these items online as an exercise of fair use for strictly non-commercial, educational uses.

The only provenance information is the region where they were created (Guangdong Province) and the time frame. There was little to no protection of copyrighted works in China during the time in question (see "Copyright, Trademark and Patent Law in the People's Republic of China" by Mark Sidel, Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 21, Issue 2, Date: 21/1986, Start Page: 259).

We are eager to hear from any rights owners, so that we may obtain accurate information. Upon request, we'll remove material from public view while we address a rights issue (as per OCLC's 2010 report "Well-intentioned practice for putting digitized collections of unpublished materials online").