October 19, 2021

GPO Partners With University Of Iowa To Preserve Historic Collection of Government Posters

From the GPO:

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is partnering with the University of Iowa Libraries to preserve and make available in digital format historic Government-issued posters from pre-World War II to the 1990s. The University of Iowa Libraries is providing public access to the collection of 1,500 posters promoting services, programs, and initiatives by Government agencies.

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The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is partnering with the University of Iowa Libraries to preserve and make available in digital format historic Government-issued posters from pre-World War II to the 1990s. The University of Iowa Libraries is providing public access to the collection of 1,500 posters promoting services, programs, and initiatives by Government agencies.

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“GPO is excited to partner with the University of Iowa Libraries to preserve and protect the future of this historic collection,” said Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish. “As we embrace the new digital age, GPO is seeking partnerships with libraries nationwide in order to safeguard historic collections and provide the American people with permanent public access to Government information.”

“I’m delighted that this previously hidden collection is now available to anyone with an Internet connection. These posters often represent a graphic documentation of priorities of a given presidential administration or reflect social culture at a discrete point in time,” said Marianne Mason, Federal Information Librarian University of Iowa Libraries. “Nearly all federal agencies, both past and present, have produced social marketing posters including the Works Project Administration, War Mobilization Office, EPA, Dept. of Interior and NASA. This visual collection has the potential to complement academic course work in public policy, history, communication studies, and health sciences and to enhance outreach activities to primary and secondary (K-12) students.

Direct to Digital Collection: U.S. Government Posters

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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