May 23, 2022

Washington St. University Releases New Digital Collection of Propaganda Posters

From WSU in Pullman, WA:

A new digital collection at Washington State University Libraries shows how propaganda posters – or “weapons on the wall” – helped governments influence citizens’ public and private behavior and decisions during World Wars I and II.

The Propaganda Poster Digital Collection, roughly 520 images of posters made 1914-1945.


Posters in the WSU Libraries collection date back to the 1910s. They became part of then Washington State College’s War Library, a collection of rare books, pamphlets, posters and other items established in 1937-38.

The poster collection continued to grow through donations from various sources, including several benefactors. In 2009, nearly 300 posters from several collections were combined and cataloged by MASC manuscripts librarian Cheryl Gunselman and WSU student Amy Sabourin.

University archivist Mark O’English and another WSU student, Morgan Clendenning, inaugurated use of the libraries’ new oversized scanner this year by digitizing the collection and adding about 220 more posters, primarily from World War II France.

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