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Guide to the World War I Posters Collection
1914-1920 (bulk, 1917-1918)
 PR 55-7

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by N-YHS staff; database migrated to Archivist Toolkit by Jennifer Gargiulo, 2016

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 22, 2022
Finding aid written in English.

Scope and Contents Note

The World War I Poster File, which forms part of the larger Poster File (PR-055), dates from circa 1914 to 1920, and consists of posters, pictorial sheets and related ephemera used by governments and organizations during the first World War to persuade citizens to enlist in various branches of the armed service, buy bonds, conserve food and fuel, provide relief, and generally support the war and aid efforts. Included in the collection is Montgomery Flagg's famous "I Want You" poster; also included are posters by Howard Chandler Christy, Alonzo Earl Foringer, Wladyslaw T. Benda, Fortunino Matania, Charles Dana Gibson, and Joseph Pennell. This series of the Poster File is divided into seven subseries: Recruitment, Monetary Appeals, Patriotic Appeals, Conservation Appeals, Relief Appeals, Organizational, and Miscellaneous.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized by subject in the following series:

Series I: Recruitment

Series II: Monetary Appeals

Series III: Patriotic Appeals

Series IV: Conservation Appeals

Series V: Relief Appeals

Series VI: Organizational

Series VII: Miscellaneous