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World War II Newsmaps, 1942-1946

Overview of the Collection

Creator
United States. Army Service Forces. Army Information Branch.
Title
World War II Newsmaps
Dates
1942-1946 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 cubic feet, including 224 sheets, (5 map folders)
Collection Number
MAPS Newsmap
Summary
The World War II Newsmaps consist of poster-size newsmaps published weekly from 1942 until 1946 to inform and motivate American military personnel. The two-sided newsmaps include maps depicting the previous week's events in the war as well as brief news items, photographs, and motivational graphics. The newsmaps were published by the U.S. Army Information Branch.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Beginning in 1942, the U.S. Army Information Branch published poster-size weekly newsmaps intended to inform and motivate American military personnel. The newsmaps included maps depicting the latest events in Europe, Africa, and Asia; brief news items and photographs; and exhortations. The posters were printed on both sides and were posted in every American military installation around the world. A large version was distributed in the United States; a smaller version was produced for distribution and posting at overseas field units in the theaters of conflict.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The World War II Newsmaps consist of poster-size newsmaps published weekly by the U.S. Army Information Branch from 1942 until 1946. Each newsmap includes maps depicting the previous week's advances and activities on the war-front in Europe, Africa, and Asia; brief news items and photographs; and exhortations. The newsmaps include both world maps and maps of local areas. Some of the newsmaps provided cues for recognizing tanks, ships, and planes; information about enemy organization, equipment, and uniform insignia; highlights of service achievement; or graphics intended to inspire and motivate military personnel. After mid-1945, the newsmaps became more like promotional posters.

Most of the newsmaps are 36 x 48 inches; the collection also includes 20 smaller maps (approximately 18 x 24 inches) published in 1943 as the overseas version.

The University of North Texas Digital Library provides online access to these materials through the World War Two Newsmaps digital collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

World War II Newsmaps, Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top