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Art History 2850: Visual Culture Resources in Special Collections: War Posters

An introduction to collections and resources of interest to students in Dr. James van Dyke's Art History 2850, Introduction to Visual Culture.

War Posters Overview

Special Collections has over one thousand posters from World Wars I and II. More than half of the posters are from countries other than the United States.  The U.S. World War I posters promote recruitment, savings stamp and bond drives, patriotism, and conservation. There are also a few anti-war posters in the collection.

The posters are searchable in the MERLIN catalog.  These records include the title and description only.  Links to poster images are included when available.  Search MERLIN using the links below:

Search World War I Posters in the MERLIN catalog

Search Word War II Posters in the MERLIN catalog

Some specific posters of interest

Christy, Howard Chandler, 1873-1952. Americans all! : Victory Liberty Loan
D522.25 .C56 1919

Christy, Howard Chandler, 1873-1952.  Gee!! I wish I were a man: I'd join the Navy, Naval Reserve or Coast Guard.
D522.25 .C5745 1918

Coffin, Haskell, 1878-1941.  Joan of Arc saved France: women of America save your country : buy War Savings Stamps
D522.25 .C64 1918

Flagg, James Montgomery, 1877-1960. Be a U.S. Marine!
D522.25 .F525 1918

Helguera, Leon.  I'm counting on you! : don't discuss : troop movements, ship sailings, war equipment.
D743.25 .H45 1943

Lelong, Alfonse. Emprunt national de 1920. Souscrivez
D522.25 .L45 1920

Leyendecker, Joseph Christian, 1874-1951. America calls: Enlist in the Navy.
DS522.25 .L49 1917

Macauley, C. R. (Charles Raymond), 1871-1934.  You--buy a liberty bond lest I perish
D522.25 .M33 1917

Paus, Herbert Andrew, 1880-1946. Help deliver the goods: Do it now .
D522.25 P379 1918

Rachou, Henri. Semaine de la Haute Garonne: 5-12 Mars 1916 : pour les blessés, mutilés, orphelins, prisonniers, tuberculeux de la Haute Garronne
D522.25 .R33 1916

Romberg, Maurice. Le secours de guerre a l’ancien Seminaire de Saint-Sulpice…
D522.25 .R66 1917

"Shall we be more tender with our dollars than with the lives of our sons?"  W.G. McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury : Buy a United States government bond of the 2nd Liberty Loan of 1917.
D522.25 .S53 1917

Whitcomb, Jon, 1906-1988.  Be a cadet nurse, the girl with a future [graphic] : a lifetime education free for high school graduates who qualify
D743.25 .W45 1944

A note about posters

Posters require extra work space, and extra staff time to get out.  Please email at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to work with posters.  The reading room is very busy with classes and other student projects at this time of the year, and we need to be sure that there is space for you to work.