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World War II Poster Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS-0037

Scope and Contents

The World War II Poster Collection consists of 35 United States war propaganda posters, representing 31 unique images, with four duplicates. The majority of the posters were produced by the United States Office of War Information in 1942 and 1943, with the exceptions of one poster produced by the American National Cross and United States Army Nurse Corps, one poster produced by the United States Army Information Branch, and one poster (of which we have two copies) produced by the Union Pacific Railroad for use in their workplace. The Army Information Branch poster, on the subject of "Farm loans under the amended GI Bill," dates to 1946 and is the only post-war poster in the collection. The Union Pacific poster, circa 1941-1945, is the only corporate poster in the collection, and features the slogan "Tanks don't fight in factories! 'Keep 'em rolling.' The railroads are the first line of defense."


  • 1942-1946


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 folder) : Folder contains 35 posters, the largest of which is 35" x 45.5" and the smallest of which is 14" x 20". The majority of the posters are 22" x 28" or 28" x 40". ; Folder is 36" x 46".

0.5 Cubic Feet

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Individual posters may be found by searching the library catalog for local subject "World War II Poster Collection."

Custodial History

In 2002, documents librarian Jim Shaw discovered a small cache of 33 uncataloged World War II era posters (representing 30 unique images) folded up and tucked away, lost and forgotten for decades, in the U.S. Documents stacks at the University Library (now the Criss Library) of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Angela Kroeger (then a cataloger) cataloged the posters, and Jim Shaw transferred the posters to University Archives for their protection. In 2007, a selection of the posters was placed on exhibit in the Criss Library. In January 2015, Angela Kroeger (now an Archives and Special Collections staff member) transferred the posters from Archives to Special Collections and gathered them together as a unified collection, adding a local subject heading of "World War II Poster Collection" to the catalog records.

Circa 1988, a palate of unused World War II era Union Pacific propaganda posters was discovered in the Union Pacific warehouse in Omaha, Nebraska. The company ordered that the posters be discarded. While most of the posters were destroyed, several employees took posters home for personal use. One of these employees, who requested anonymity, stored a small number of spare copies as potential replacements for the one he framed for his wall. Although these were not housed in a climate controlled environment, they were stored flat and covered, so they are free from light and water damage, and have only minor creases and wrinkles. In 2015, the now-retired employee's daughter convinced him to donate two copies of the poster to the Criss Library Archives and Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Original collection: Criss Library, U.S. Documents.

2015 addition: Anonymous donor.

Processing Information

Processed by Angela Kroeger, Archives and Special Collections Associate, in January, 2015.

World War II Poster Collection
Angela Kroeger
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States