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Guide to the 20th Century International Poster Collection, circa 1917-1950

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Title: 20th Century International Poster Collection
Dates: circa 1917-1950
Quantity: (264 items)
Abstract: Propaganda posters dating from the start of World War I, through World War II, and into the post-war period. The bulk of the items were produced in the United States or France, but there are also items from other European countries, as well as Canada.
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Scope and Content Note

Propaganda posters dating from the start of World War I, through World War II, and into the post-war period. The bulk of the items were produced in the United States or France, but there are also items from other European countries, as well as Canada.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged physically by size, and intellectually by country and date. Top

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Subject Headings

Subjects:

  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters.
  • Propaganda
  • War posters.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Posters.

Document Types:

  • Posters
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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Streett, January 2015.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some of the largest posters may have damage and need special handling.

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Preferred Citation

20th Century International Poster Collection, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Schles, 2004.

Acquisition Information

The origin of most of the posters is unknown, but the eight USSR Posters were a gift of Ebenezer Hill in 1928.

Other Formats

There are low-quality images available to browse before the original posters will be pulled for research.

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Container List

SERIES I. United States (98 posters)

World War I (71 posters)
  • 01.01.001 - 01.01.009 - (fit in 20" x 24" folders)
  • 01.01.010 - 01.01.047 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)
  • 01.01.049 - 01.01.071 - (fit in 36" x 48" folders)
  • 01.01.048 - (oversized)
Between World War I and World War II (3 posters)
  • 01.03.001 - 01.03.003 - (fit in 20" x 24" folders)
World War II (23 posters)
  • 01.02.001 - 01.02.002 - (fit in 20" x 24" folders)
  • 01.02.019 - 01.02.023 - (fit in 20" x 24" folders)
  • 01.02.003 - 01.02.014 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)
  • 01.02.015 - 01.02.018 - (fit in 36" x 48" folders)
Post World War II (3 posters)
  • 01.04.001 - (fits in 20" x 24" folder)
  • 01.04.002 - 01.04.003 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)

SERIES II. France (77 posters)

World War I (72 posters)
  • 02.01.025 - 02.01.031 - (fit in 20" x 24" folders)
  • 02.01.001 - 02.01.024 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)
  • 02.01.059 - 02.01.072 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)
  • 02.01.032 - 02.01.057 - (fit in 36" x 48" folders)
  • 02.01.058 - (oversized)
Between World War I and World War II (4 posters)
  • 02.02.004 - (fits in 20" x 24" folder)
  • 02.02.001 - 02.02.003 - (fit in 36" x 48" folders)
World War II (1 poster)
  • 02.03.001 - (fits in 20" x 24" folder)

SERIES III. United Kingdom (32 posters)

World War I (9 posters)
  • 03.01.001 - 03.01.002 - (fit in 20" x 24" folders)
  • 03.01.003 - 03.01.006 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)
  • 03.01.007 - 03.01.009 - (fit in 36" x 48" folders)
Between World War I and World War II (19 posters)
  • 03.03.001 - 03.03.018 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)
  • 03.03.019 - (fits in 36" x 48" folder)
World War II (4 posters)
  • 03.02.001 - 03.02.002 - (fits in 20" x 24" folder)
  • 03.02.003 - 03.02.004 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)

SERIES IV. Canada (2 posters)

World War II (2 posters)
  • 04.01.001-04.01.002 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)

SERIES V. Italy (1 poster)

World War I (1 poster)
  • 05.01.001 - (fits in 36" x 48" folder)

SERIES VI. Poland (1 poster)

Between World War I and World War II (1 poster)
  • 06.01.001 - (fits in 36" x 48" folder)

SERIES VII. Germany (7 posters)

World War I (7 posters)
  • 07.01.001-07.01.005 - (fit in 20" x 24" folders)
  • 07.01.006-07.01.007 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)

SERIES VIII. USSR (8 posters)

Between World War I and World War II (8 posters)
  • 08.01.001 - (fits in 20" x 24" folder)
  • 08.01.002 - (fits in 24" x 36" folder)
  • 08.01.003-08.01.008 - (fit in 36" x 48" folders)

SERIES IX. Austria (36 posters)

Post World War II (36 posters)
  • 09.01.001-09.01.012 - (fit in 20" x 24" folders)
  • 09.01.013-09.01.014 - (fit in 24" x 36" folders)
  • 09.01.015-09.01.024 - (fit in 36" x 48" folders)
  • 09.01.025-09.01.036 - (oversized)

SERIES X. Belgium (1 poster)

World War I (1 poster)
  • 10.01.001 - (fits in 36" x 48" folder)
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