This database contains descriptions of World War I posters found in the War Poster Collection, Manuscript Group 671, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. As selected posters are digitized, the database will provide links to images of the posters.
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To view posters described in this database, make note of the information in the "Location of Original" field and fill out a request form at Manuscript and Archives in Sterling Memorial Library.
The War Poster Collection as a whole consists of 6.5 linear feet of posters dating from 1914 to 1946 and is arranged in three series: I. World War I, 1914-1918. II. Spanish Civil War, 1939-1945. III. World War II, 1939-1946. The Collection is a composite of several individual donations and library purchases, accumulated from the 1920s through the 1980s and 2005. Individual donations, such as that of Lafon Allen, are identified within the War Poster Collection, as single collections themselves.
The posters in this collection were published in nations involved in World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II. Great Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and other nations are represented through posters depicting such diverse topics as recruitment, enlistment, conservation, war loans, civilian service, home relief, foreign relief, and propaganda messages. The posters were issued by government agencies, social organization, and private concerns.