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Original Artwork for World War II Posters, compiled 1942 - 1945

ARC Identifier 2842724 / Local Identifier 208-AOP

Series from Record Group 208: Records of the Office of War Information, 1926 - 1951

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Creator(s):Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Graphics. (07/31/1944 - 09/15/1945) (Most Recent)
Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Graphics and Printing. Graphics Division. (1942 - 1944) (Predecessor)
Type(s) of Archival Materials:Photographs and other Graphic Materials

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Inclusive Dates:1942 - 1945
Part Of:Record Group 208: Records of the Office of War Information, 1926 - 1951
Includes: 223 items described in ARCSearch within this Series
Function and Use:The items in this series were created as preliminary designs for World War II-era posters.
Access Restriction(s):Unrestricted
Use Restriction(s):Restricted - Possibly

Some or all of the material in this series may be subject to copyright or other intellectual property restrictions.
Specific Records Type(s):Photographs
Numbering Note:Requests for items in this series must include the record group number, series designator, NARA-assigned folder number, and NARA-assigned item number. (EXAMPLE=208-AOP-25-27).
General Note(s):Posters were among the vehicles used by the Office of War Information (OWI) to assist government agencies and to spread ideas, promote government war programs, sway public opinion and communicate propaganda. OWI ran as many as 28 different information campaigns for which posters were often employed to convey information. The themes illustrated in the art in this series document the needs, messages and values the OWI considered critical to the success of its campaigns and the war effort. The art and the posters produced from it are designed to appeal to the public's conscience and patriotism by calling upon everyone to make personal sacrifices to further the national cause.

Some of the artwork in this series appears as finished posters in the series "World War II Posters, 1942-1945" (ARC Identifier 513498), "World War II Posters, 1941-1944" (ARC Identifier 535885), and "Office of War Information Posters, ca. 1941-ca. 1945" (ARC Identifier 535884).
Finding Aid Type:Item List
Finding Aid Note:An item list is located in the research room and with the records. Much of the information about the individual works of art was taken verbatim from documents filed with the art.
Finding Aid Source:NARA
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