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World War I Poster Collection

Answering the Call

About the Collection

Answering the Call is an online exhibition of digital images of World War I posters held in Milner Library's Government Documents World War Poster Collection. These historic posters were created by federal agencies and national organizations after the United States entered the war in 1917. They vividly illustrate the many demands and needs of a global war. The most effective posters quickly informed and successfully compelled citizens to support the war effort with such activities as contributing to Victory Loan drives, knitting socks for the Red Cross, donating books and magazines to soldiers, sponsoring orphans overseas, or conserving food and fuel.

The original posters were collected and preserved by Ange V. Milner, the university's first full-time librarian, and are now housed in the Government Documents department on the fourth floor of Milner Library. Please contact Angela Bonnell, Head of Government Documents, to view the print posters or to request more information.

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The Art of Persuasion is an online exhibition (from an exhibition held in Milner Library in 2011) highlighting a selection of the over 400 World War II posters held in Milner Library's Government Documents World War Poster Collection. These historic posters were created by federal agencies and national organizations after the United States entered the second world war in 1941.




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Last Updated: 6/21/16