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WWI and WWII Poster Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BCA 0239 HC 64

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of original and duplicate posters and leaflets—produced and published during World War I and World War II—concerning war efforts and concerns.

Digital images of most of the materials in this collection are available online.  See descriptions below.


  • created: 1917-1945


Conditions Governing Access

Items can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no known restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations—most items are in the public domain.  Please cite all references to this collection.


7.00 boxes_(general)

Language of Materials



The World War I and World War II Poster Collection consists of over 245 original and duplicate World War I and World War II posters, many of which have been digitized (see Detailed Description). Utilizing a variety of themes (such as military recruitment and enlistment, fund raising, communications, and the social, economic, and industrial aspects of the wars) these war-time posters illustrate the power of images and words.  The posters were issued by a variety of entities including: governmental offices and departments (including those of the United States, Great Britain, Norway, Denmark, New Zealand and Czechoslovakia); private companies, industries, and associations such as the United Nations and the American Red Cross.  Many of the posters contain artwork by anonymous creators; however, many well-known artists, illustrators, and graphic artists contributed their talents to the creation of the posters including Norman Rockwell, James Montgomery Flagg, N.C. Wyeth, Al Parker, Martha Sawyers, John Philip Falter, Joseph Christian Leyendecker, Walter Whitehead, Albert Herter, Artur Szyk, and Stanley Elkman.

Arrangement Note

The origin of the collection is not clear; the collection was most likely assembled by library staff members.

Source of Acquisition

The origin of the collection is not clear; the collection was most likely assembled by library staff members.

Other Descriptive Information

Collection BCA 0239 HC 64

Processing Information

The finding aid was created in June 2014 by Lori Myers-Steele, Collection Archivist.  The inventory and box list were created by Jaime M. Bradley, College Archivist.

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Repository Details

Part of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives Repository

Hutchins Library
100 Campus Drive
Berea Kentucky 40404 US