Gathered directly from the streets, the Mai '68 Collection is a compulsive record of that inflammatory era, a vivid collection of primary source material which documents the insurrection in a mixture of printed agitprop and large numbers of striking black and white prints. Other material, which pre-dates the clashes, helps to contextualise the protesters' acts. Events leading up to the unrest in Nantes, Paris and across France are included in the form of leaflets and handouts detailing problems with universities and criticism of the higher education system. There are printed papers from student and workers' unions as well as political organisations. Some leaflets relate to the General Strike. The uprising itself is well represented in the form of nearly 250 dynamic black and white photographs of rallies, together with a collection which records the posters and graffiti which adorned city walls. There is also some material relating to student unrest in Germany.
The collection has been supplemented with printed papers depicting more recent dissension in France: the Presidential election of 1981, for example, is well represented by posters and leaflets.