Guide to the Mark Poster Papers MS.C.018

Finding aid prepared by Alexandra Bisio
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
949-824-3947
spcoll@uci.edu
© 2013


Title: Mark Poster papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.C.018
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Physical Description: 3.6 Linear feet (5 boxes) and 1.03 GB of electronic records
Date (inclusive): 1967-2009 and undated
Languages of Collection Materials: Collection materials are in English, French, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, German, Chinese, Turkish and Swedish.
Abstract: This collection includes the print and electronic teaching and research papers of Mark Poster, Professor of History and Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine.
The born digital files are available online.
Creator: Poster, Mark

Access

The collection is open for research. Access to files covered by California personnel records legislation is restricted for 50 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Access to student records is restricted for 75 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Special Collections and Archives policy places access restrictions on material with privacy issues for a specific time period from its date of creation. Restrictions are noted at the file level.
Researchers must apply  to access some born digital files in the Mark Poster papers and agree to follow the Rules of Use for the Virtual Reading Room . Access may be granted in less than 5 business days.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Mark Poster papers. MS-C018. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mark Poster, 2009.

Processing History

Born digital files processed by Audra Eagle Yun and Matthew McKinley, February 2013. Professional papers processed by Alexandra Bisio, August 2013.

Historical Background

Mark Poster was Professor of History and Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and also taught in the Critical Theory Emphasis. Additionally, he had appointments in the Department of Information and Computer Science and the Department of Comparative Literature. He authored or edited more than 17 books and 90 articles on European intellectual history, the social and cultural theory of electronically mediated information, postmodernism, and critical theory, among other subjects.
His books include The Utopian Thought of Restif de la Bretonne (1971, electronic reprint, 2000), Existential Marxism in Postwar France: From Sartre to Althusser (1976), Critical Theory of the Family (1978), Sartre's Marxism (1979), Foucault, Marxism and History: Mode of Production vs. Mode of Information (1984, 1985), The Mode of Information (1990), The Second Media Age (1995), Cultural History and Postmodernity (1997), The Information Subject (2001), What’s the Matter with the Internet? (2001), and Information, Please: Culture and Politics in the Age of Digital Machines (2006), and Deleuze and New Technology (2009).
Mark Poster earned his B.S. (1962) in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1968) in History from New York University. After two years at Cooper Union (1967-1969), he came to UCI as Assistant Professor in 1969. Poster died on October 10, 2012.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection includes the print and electronic teaching and research papers of Mark Poster, Professor of History and Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine. The collection comprises professional papers and electronic records created between 1967 and 2009 documenting Poster's career, including teaching materials; research notes; drafts of writings; publications; correspondence, including emails relating to his association with the Critical Theory Institute at UCI; and audio and video tapes of interviews given. The collection is composed of materials that reflect Poster's work in critical theory, cultural and intellectual history, film and media studies, and the social and cultural theory of electronically mediated information.
The born digital files are available for research at UCIspace @ the Libraries .

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series:
  • Series 1. Born digital files, 1985-2009, 1.03 GB of electronic records.
  • Series 2. Professional papers, 1967-2009, 3.6 linear feet.
Series 1. Born digital files is arranged in four subseries:
  • Subseries 1.1. Administrative records for the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine, 1988-1999.
  • Subseries 1.2. Book drafts, 1988-2009.
  • Subseries 1.3. Lectures, 1986-2007.
  • Subseries 1.4. Research files, 1985-2008.
Series 2. Professional papers is arranged in eight subseries:
  • Subseries 2.1. Academic review materials, 1999-2003.
  • Subseries 2.2. Bibliographic cards, circa 1970s-1980s.
  • Subseries 2.3. Correspondence, 1973-2006, undated.
  • Subseries 2.4. Interviews and public appearance, 1989-2005, undated.
  • Subseries 2.5. Lectures, 1969-2007, undated.
  • Subseries 2.6. Photographs, circa 1970s-1980s.
  • Subseries 2.7. Recorded lectures,1973, 1980.
  • Subseries 2.8. Writings and publications, 1967-2008.
Unless otherwise noted in the series and subseries descriptions, the arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order.

Processing Note

The processing of this collection was funded by a donation by Rosalyn Laudati and Jim Pick.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Poster, Mark

 

Born digital files Series 1. 1985-2009

Physical Description: (1.03 GB of digital files)

Access

The digital files are open for research.
Researchers must apply  to access some files in the Mark Poster papers and agree to follow the Rules of Use for the Virtual Reading Room . Access may be granted in less than 5 business days.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes research files, notes, and email correspondence related to Poster's books and other publications, lectures, as well as his work with the Critical Theory Institute.
Mark Poster selected and transferred these files from his hard drive for the Critical Theory Archive at the UC Irvine Libraries. UC Irvine Libraries staff migrated most files to PDF/A format for long-term access. Routine records, such as receipts, and damaged files were not retained.
The digital files are available for research at UCIspace @ the Libraries .

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in four subseries:
  • Subseries 1.1 Administrative records for the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine, 1988-1999
  • Subseries 1.2. Book drafts, 1988-2009
  • Subseries 1.3. Lectures, 1986-2007
  • Subseries 1.4. Research files, 1985-2008
 

Administrative records for the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine Subseries 1.1. 1988-1999

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries includes administrative files such as agendas, minutes, correspondence, annual reports, and speaker introductions associated with Mark Poster's work with the Critical Theory Institute (CTI).
The digital files are available for research at UCIspace @ the Libraries .

Subseries Arrangement

UCIspace @ the Libraries allows for keyword searching, as well as browsing these files by title, author, date, and subject.
 

Book drafts Subseries 1.2. 1988-2009

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries consists of ten sub-directories from Mark Poster's original files, including drafts, notes, email correspondence, and other documents related to his book publications.
The digital files are available for research at UCIspace @ the Libraries .

Subseries Arrangement

UCIspace @ the Libraries allows for keyword searching, as well as browsing these files by title, author, date, and subject.
 

Lectures Subseries 1.3. 1986-2007

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries consists of a file directory that includes course descriptions, syllabi, course materials, and other documents related to Mark Poster's lectures on European intellectual and cultural history, critical theory, and media studies.
The digital files are available for research at UCIspace @ the Libraries .

Subseries Arrangement

UCIspace @ the Libraries allows for keyword searching, as well as browsing these files by title, author, date, and subject.
 

Research files Subseries 1.4. 1985-2008

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries consists of three directories from Mark Poster's original files, including correspondence, research articles, citations, reviews, and other documents related to Poster's scholarly interests.
The digital files are available for research at UCIspace @ the Libraries .

Subseries Arrangement

UCIspace @ the Libraries allows for keyword searching, as well as browsing these files by title, author, date, and subject.
 

Professional papers Series 2. 1967-2008 and undated

Physical Description: (5 boxes)

Series Scope and Content Summary

The professional papers series contains correspondence; sound and video recordings of interviews, and other material relating to public appearances; teaching materials; photographs; drafts of writings; and publications. Materials document Mark Poster’s career as an author and professor of cultural and intellectual history, film and media studies, and the social and cultural theory of electronically mediated information, in addition to his contributions to critical theory as a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine.

Series Arrangement

Professional papers is arranged in eight subseries:
  • Subseries 2.1. Academic review materials, 1999-2003.
  • Subseries 2.2. Bibliographic cards, circa 1970s-1980s.
  • Subseries 2.3. Correspondence, 1973-2006, undated.
  • Subseries 2.4. Interviews and public appearance, 1989-2005, undated.
  • Subseries 2.5. Lectures, 1969-2007, undated.
  • Subseries 2.6. Photographs, circa 1970s-1980s.
  • Subseries 2.7. Recorded lectures, 1973, 1980.
  • Subseries 2.8. Writings and publications, 1967-2008.
Box 1, Folder 1

Academic review materials Subseries 2.1. 1999-2003

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This file contains curricula vitae, bibliographies, and lists produced as part of the academic review process for faculty. Materials include general biographical information regarding Mark Poster’s education and career, as well as detailed lists of publications, classes taught, doctorial students supervised, professional memberships, activities, and honors received up to 2003.

Subseries Arrangement

The materials in this file are in their original order.
Box 5, Folder 8

Bibliographic cards Subseries 2.2. circa 1970s-1980s

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This file contains a small box of index cards with bibliographic information and notes from works Mark Poster consulted during research.

Subseries Arrangement

The materials in this file are in their original order.
 

Correspondence Subseries 2.3 1973-2006 and undated

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The correspondence subseries primarily consists of Mark Poster’s incoming, professional correspondence from scholars, students, colleagues, academic departments, and university administration. Of particular interest are letters from noted philosophers Michael Foucault and Edward Said.

Subseries Arrangement

This subseries is arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 2

1973

Box 1, Folder 3

1975

Box 1, Folder 4

1976

Box 1, Folder 5

1977

Box 1, Folder 6

1978

Box 1, Folder 7

1979

Box 1, Folder 8

1980

Box 1, Folder 9

1981

Box 1, Folder 10

1982

Box 1, Folder 11

1983

Box 1, Folder 12

1984

Box 1, Folder 13

1985

Box 1, Folder 14

1986

Box 1, Folder 15-16

1987

Box 1, Folder 17

1988

Box 1, Folder 18

1989

Box 1, Folder 19

1990

Box 1, Folder 20

1991

Box 1, Folder 21

1992

Box 1, Folder 22

1993

Box 1, Folder 23

1994

Box 1, Folder 24

1995

Box 1, Folder 25

1996

Box 1, Folder 26

1997

Box 1, Folder 27

1998

Box 1, Folder 28

1999

Box 1, Folder 29

2000

Box 1, Folder 30

2001

Box 1, Folder 31

2002

Box 1, Folder 32

2003

Box 1, Folder 33

2004

Box 1, Folder 34

2006

Box 1, Folder 35

undated

 

Interviews and public appearances Subseries 2.4. 1989-2005 and undated

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The Interviews and public appearances subseries includes audio and video recordings from television and radio appearances, as well as notes and transcripts from speaking engagement and conference seminars. Topics discussed include postmodernism, deconstruction, critical theory, cultural and intellectual history, and media and technology.

Subseries Arrangement

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 4, Item 001-A

"An Interview with Mark Poster" undated

Physical Description: 1 videocassette (VHS)
Box 1, Folder 36

Critical Theory of the Family speech notes undated

Box 4, Item 002-A

"Dr. Mark Poster - Individualism, the Internet, and the Millennium" 1999 January 29

Physical Description: 1 sound cassette
Box 1, Folder 37

"From Marx to Foucault - An Intellectual Journey though Critical Theory" and "Foucault and the Frankfurt School," seminar transcripts 1986-1987

Box 4, Item 003-A

"HRI Media Seminar - comments on Swan's Way" 2005 November 3

Physical Description: 1 sound cassette
Box 4, Item 004-A

"Interview Auckland" 1994 April

Physical Description: 1 videocassette (VHS)
Box 4, Item 005-A

"Media and Nations Presentation - Tape 1 'Nations, Identities and Global Technologies'" 1997 February 4

Physical Description: 1 sound cassette
Box 4, Item 006-A

"Media and Nations Presentation - Tape 2 'Nations, Identities and Global Technologies'" 1997 Febrary 4

Physical Description: 1 sound cassette
Box 4, Item 007-A

"'Post Modernism and Deconstruction' by: Mark Poster - tape 1" 1989 January

Physical Description: 1 sound cassette
Box 4, Item 008-A

"'Post Modernism and Deconstruction' by: Mark Poster - tape 2" 1989 January

Physical Description: 1 sound cassette
Box 4, Item 009-A to 010-A

"Prof. Leps and Mark Poster - interview in studio" 1995 March 16

Physical Description: 2 videocassettes (VHS) (40 minutes)
Box 4, Item 011-A

"The Todd Mundt Show - Michigan Radio - Mark Poster Interview" 2001 October 22

Physical Description: 1 sound cassette
 

Lectures Subseries 2.5. 1969-2007 and undated

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries is composed of course descriptions, syllabi, course materials, and other documents related to Mark Poster's lectures on European intellectual and cultural history, critical theory, and media studies. Notes and photocopies of readings found with lecture files, but not explicitly connected to a particular class or lecture, have been retained.

Subseries Arrangement

The original order of the lectures subseries has been retained. Materials are arranged loosely by course or course topic.
Box 1, Folder 38-40

Humanities core course 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 41-42

Humanities core course: Critical Theory of the Family 1987-1989

Box 1, Folder 43

Humanities core course: Race and Gender 1995

Box 1, Folder 44

Humanities core course: Freud 1992

Box 1, Folder 45-46

History 29C, The Formation of Modern Society 1981-1988

Box 1, Folder 47-48

History 9, 180E, Women, Sex, and the Family 1975-1979

Box 1, Folder 49

Humanities 2B, Wagner's Ring and the Nineteenth Century colloquium 1983-1988

Box 1, Folder 50

History of Marxist Humanism undated

Box 1, Folder 51

Socialism: Free University circa 1970s-1980s

Box 1, Folder 52

Hegel, Phenomenology of the Spirit notes circa 1970s-1980s

Box 1, Folder 53

Comte, System of Positive Polity notes circa 1970s-1980s

Box 1, Folder 54

Feuerbach notes circa 1970s-1980s

Box 1, Folder 55

Kierkegaard notes circa 1970s-1980s

Box 1, Folder 56

History 132A, The Enlightenment 1982-1986

Box 1, Folder 57

European intellectual History, 1660-1815 1969-1990

Box 1, Folder 58

European Intellectual History to Hegel circa 1969-1990

Box 1, Folder 59

European Intellectual History from Hegel to Freud 1970-1986

Box 2, Folder 1

History 132B, 112B, and 131B, From Marx to Freud 1972-1987

Box 2, Folder 2

Twentieth Century Intellectual History 1983

Box 2, Folder 3

Social Theory in the Twentieth Century: Marxism and Existentialism 1983-1984

Box 2, Folder 4

History 133, Freud and Social Theory circa 1970s-1980s

Box 2, Folder 5

History 131 and 133, Freud and Social Thought circa 1970s-1980s

Box 2, Folder 6

Social History of Europe 1700 to Present 1973

Box 2, Folder 7

Marxism and Existentialism 1971, 1976

Box 2, Folder 8

Utopias and Utopian Thought senior seminar 1969-1970

Box 2, Folder 9

History 182, Postmodernity 1993

Box 2, Folder 10-11

History 199A, 235A,B, Seminars on France - May 1968 senior seminar 1973

Box 2, Folder 12

History 198, France - May 1968 1971-1972

Box 2, Folder 13-14

History 190 A,B, The Psycho-History of the Family 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 15

History 192A and History 185A, Senior Seminar in Intellectual History and German Social and Critical Theory an Introduction 1978

Box 2, Folder 16

Irvine - Santa Cruz Colloquium in the Humanities: Romanticism 1971-1972

Box 2, Folder 17

History 230, European Intellectual History since Hegel colloquium 1969

Box 2, Folder 18

History 230, Colloquium in European History of Ideas 1969

Box 2, Folder 19-20

History 200A, History and Theory 1977-1995

Box 2, Folder 21

History 200A,B,C, History and Theory 1974-2003

Box 2, Folder 22-23

History 200B,C, History and Theory 1977-1990

Box 2, Folder 24-26

History 200C, Foucault and History 2006-2007

Box 2, Folder 27

History 290, Foucault and History 2004

Box 2, Folder 28

Humanities 260B Foucault readings 1977-1995

Box 2, Folder 29-30

History 200B, History and Theory 1978-1999

Box 6, Folder 31

History 202B and American Studies 794B, Consumer Culture 1989,1992

Box 2, Folder 32

History 200C, History and Theory: Postcolonialism and Psycho-History and Family History 1987, 1994

Box 2, Folder 33

History 200C, History and Theory: Psycho-History and Family History 1976-1985

Box 2, Folder 34

History 200C, History and Theory: The Media 1993-1995

Box 2, Folder 35

History 200C course readings circa 1970s-1990s

Box 2, Folder 36

History 200C, History and Theory: Feminist Theory and the Media 1995

Box 2, Folder 37

History 200, History and Theory: Field Examination 1985-1986

Box 2, Folder 38-39

History 282, Focus Seminar in Intellectual History 1977-1978

Box 2, Folder 40

Humanities 260B, The Politics of Theory 1997

Box 2, Folder 41

Humanities 260C Heidegger readings 1998

Box 2, Folder 42

History 295, Politics and Language 1985

Box 2, Folder 43

Humanities 291 and 270A, The Frankfurt School 1972

Box 2, Folder 44

Humanities 270A, The Frankfurt School 1993

Box 2, Folder 45-46

Humanities 270B, Theories of Technology and Culture 1999, 2003-2004

Box 2, Folder 47-48

Humanities 270B, Politics and Culture 1990 and undated

Box 2, Folder 49

Humanities 270, Postmodernism: Gender, Race, Class 1992

Box 2, Folder 50

Humanities 270 and History 200C, Global Culture 1997

Box 2, Folder 51-52

History 290, Twentieth Century European Marxist Theory 1977

Box 2, Folder 53

Humanities 270A and Film Studies 245, Theories of Technology and Culture 1995

Box 2, Folder 54

European Intellectual History Since 1800: Field Preparation undated

Box 2, Folder 55

Robert Darnton Encyclopedie readings 1971-1973

Box 2, Folder 56

History 246 and 666, American Studies and Film 1976

Box 2, Folder 57

Horkhiemer, Max. Traditional and Critical Theory 1972

Box 2, Folder 58

Skinner, Quintin. "Meaning and Understanding in the History of Ideas," History and Theory v. 8, no. 1 1969

Box 2, Folder 59

History 282, Focus Seminar in European Intellectual History definitions 1973-1992

Box 2, Folder 60

Humanities 270 and History 200C, Theories of the Media 2002

Box 2, Folder 61

Visual Studies 295, Media Theory and History 2006

Box 2, Folder 62

European History, Enlightenment to Present 1969

Box 2, Folder 63-64

European Intellectual History, part one 1986

Box 2, Folder 65

European Intellectual History, part two 1987

Box 2, Folder 66

Photographs Subseries 2.6. circa 1970s-1980s

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This file includes two informal snapshots featuring Mark Poster and his colleagues.
 

Recorded lectures Subseries 2.7. 1973, 1980

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains audio recordings of lectures delivered by notable philosophers collected by Mark Poster. Lecturers include Michel Contat, Jean-Marie Domenach, Michel Foucault, Stanley Pulberg, Michel-Antoine Burnier, Richard Gombin, Edgar Morin, and Kostas Axelos.

Subseries Arrangement

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 4, Item 012-A

"Foucault: 'Sexuality and Solitude' and 'Birth of Biophysics' 1980 November

Box 4, Item 013-A

"Michel Contat; J.M. Domenach - Paris" 1973 September 10

Box 4, Item 014-A

"Richard Gombin; Edgar Morin; Kostas Axelos - Paris" 1973 September 15

Box 4, Item 015-A

"Stanley Pulberg; M.A. Burnier" 1973 September 6

 

Writings and publications Subseries 2.8. 1967-2008

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains drafts and published copies of Mark Poster’s writing spanning his academic career. Materials include drafts of Poster’s doctorial and early work, non-English translations of later books, a large number of journal, magazine, and encyclopedia articles, as well as volumes of essays to which Poster contributed or served as editor. Works in this series cover a variety of topics including cultural history, critical theory, media studies, and culture and technology.

Subseries Arrangement

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 3, Folder 1-14

Articles and reviews 1974-2006

Historical Note

Many of the publications in these files may have been collected and submitted as exhibits for Mark Poster’s academic review.

Scope and Contents Note

Contains offprints, photocopies, and full journals featuring scholarly essays, magazine and encyclopedia articles, as well as book and article reviews. A small number of drafts are included.

Arrangement Note

Materials in these files are in their original order.
Box 3, Folder 15

Cultural History and Postmodernity: Disciplinary Readings and Challenges, Korean translation 2006

Box 3, Folder 16

"Desiring Information Machines," in Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information, Robert Mitchell and Phillip Thurtle editors 2004

Box 3, Folder 17

Existential Marxisim in Postwar France: From Sartre to Althusser, preface draft and correspondence 1973

Box 3, Folder 18

"Foucault et la Tyrannie de la Grece," in Michel Foucault Lectures Critiques, Jacques Colson translator 1989

Box 3, Folder 19

Foucault, Marxism, and History: Mode of Production, Turkish translation 2008

Box 3, Folder 20

"France - May 1986," pamphlet introduction draft, correspondence, and notes 1973

Box 3, Folder 21

"History and Sociology of the Family," in The Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling, edited drafts and correspondence 1989

Box 3, Folder 22

Jean Baudrillard: Selected Writings, second edition, Mark Poster editor 2001

Box 3, Folder 23

"La Ciberdemocracia: Internet y la Esfera Publica," in Literatura y Cibercultura , Domingo Sanchez-Mesa editor 2004

Box 3, Folder 24

The Mode of Information: Poststructuralism and Social Context, Korean translation 1994

Box 5, Folder 1

"Nations, Identities, and Global Technologies," in Philosophical Designs for a Socio-Cultural Transformation: Beyond Violence and the Modern Era, Tetsuji Yamamoto editor 1998

Box 5, Folder 2

"Perfect Transmissions: Evil Bert Laden," in Envision: The New Media and Everyday Life, Patrik Hernwall editor 2004

Box 5, Folder 3

Politics, Theory, and Contemporary Culture, Mark Poster editor 1993

Box 5, Folder 4

"Print and Digital Authorship," in The Multiple and Mutable Subject, Vera Lemecha and Reva Stone editors 2001

Box 5, Folder 5

The Second Media Age, Korean translation 1998

Box 5, Folder 6

"Textual Agents: History at 'The End of History,'" in "Culture" and the Problem of the Disciplines, John Carlos Rowe editor 1998

Box 5, Folder 7

"The Utopian Thought of Restif de la Bretonne," dissertation outline, correspondence, and related research materials 1967