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20th Century Poster Collection

Identifier: MSS 0044


The collection is comprised of approximately 200 posters dating from World War I to the Vietnam Era.


  • 1917-1976
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1940-1955

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.


200.00 Items

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Arrangement Note

The posters are arranged into the following series and sub-series: A. World War I Era, 1917-1919 B. Inter-War Era, 1920-1940 C. World War II Era, 1940-1946 C1. Armed Forces C2. War Bonds/Loans C3. Production/Industry/War Jobs C4. Food & Nutrition/Agriculture C5. Conservation/Rationing C6. Workplace Safety/First Aid/Health C7. Home Front Issues/Morale/Democracy C8. Wartime Secrecy C9. Geopolitical Education and Propaganda C10. United Nations D. Post World War II Era, 1947- D1. United Nations D2. Other If the artist is known, his or her name follows the poster title.

Accruals and Additions

Most of the posters have been in Jackson Library since the 1940s; they were rediscovered in the library basement by a library employee and transferred to University Archives in August 1998. Some posters were added at later dates.

Offensive Language Statement

The UNC Greensboro University Libraries collects, preserves, and makes accessible unique and historical materials for learning and research. The nature of historical materials is such that some material may represent positions, norms, and values that are offensive and objectionable. These materials represent the opinions and actions of their creators. By providing access to these records in our reading room and through our digital collections, we recognize that archives and rare books can play a vital role in holding those creators accountable and in helping us learn from the past.

Our finding aids and other collection descriptions may occasionally re-use language provided by creators or former holders of the materials, but we strive to place outdated or offensive terminology in context. That said, we recognize that we may not always make the right decision and welcome feedback from all sources so we can learn and adjust our practices. Please contact us at if you encounter problematic language in our finding aids or other collection description. We will review the language and, as appropriate, update it in a way that balances preservation of the original context with our ongoing commitment to describing materials with respectful and inclusive language.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Beth Ann Koelsch and Jennifer Motszko in March, 2011.
20th Century Poster Collection
Jennifer Motszko
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US