Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

World War I Poster Collection, 1917-1919

Scope and Content Note

The World War I Poster Collection is comprised of propaganda posters generated by the U.S. Food Administration, U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Board for Vocational Education, the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief, the American Library Association, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, Fatherless Children of France, Inc., the National Emergency Food Garden Commission, the Jewish Welfare Board, the Knights of Columbus, the National Catholic War Council, the Salvation Army, the War Camp Community Service, the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), and the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). This collection includes poster designs from Howard Chandler Christy, C. B. Falls, George Illian, Gil Spear, Adolph Treidler, and others. The bulk of the posters relate to the U.S. Food Administration's austerity campaign (which encouraged reduced consumption of wheat, sugar, fats, and red meat) and the U.S. Treasury's promotion of the third, fourth, and fifth Liberty Loans. Also included are numerous posters from the 1918 United War Work Campaign, the American Red Cross' War Fund drive, the American Library Association's book collecting initiative, and other charitable efforts. The collection is composed of 92 unique items and 52 duplicates, totaling 144 items.

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