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World War I and World War II Pamphlets and Publications Collection

Identifier: MSS-47-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of three boxes of publications, mostly illustrative, of propaganda surrounding World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945).

Box 1 is comprised mostly of periodicals dating from 1896-1919. Earliest publications are concerned with increased nationalism in Europe, and empire building of Germany, Great Britain and France. U.S. publications express a gamut of themes, including socialist statements against American involvement in the war; pro- and anti-German sympathies; anti-President Wilson and anti-British sentiments; a desire to remain detached from the European conflict; concern about U.S. support for Great Britain, etc. This portion of the collection also includes French and British pro-war propaganda aimed at speeding up American involvement in the war. Some publications tout U.S. pacifism and anti-conscription sentiments. Post-World War I publications speak to the harshness of the Versailles Treaty and the treatment of Hungary and Belgium.

Box 2 contains mostly monographic publications, 1915-1925. Themes are similar to those in 1, but also include issues such as the United States becoming a world leader because of its involvement in the war in Europe; crimes committed against priests by Germans in Belgium; the British navy and its preparedness; U.S. citizens with German backgrounds supporting Germany; statistics on the economy of Britain, Germany, and France; the importance of the British railway; the revolution in Russia and its effects on the outcome of the war; Jewish sentiments against the Germans; women protesting the war; warnings about post-war German bitterness, etc.

The third box contains post-World War I material, arranged by country (Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, and the United States). Canadian publications discuss Canada's resources and it's growth as an economic world power due to it's involvement in the war. French publications include a 1916 booklet honoring the soldiers of Verdun and a 1945 publication on the liberation of Paris (illustrations). German articles express sentiments about the severe recriminations after World War I. British publications make up the bulk of this box. These publications denounce the rise of Nazism in Germany, warn of German aggression, and express concern for soldiers returning from WWI. Eye witness accounts of German atrocities, discussions of German attitudes toward Jews, and concentration camps are included in these publications, as is material on the Battle of Britain, the need for U.S. aid, the invention of radar, and the British war effort. 13 issues of A Fight for Freedom Publications are included with the British materials, as are articles on the French government in Britain; continued fighting in Asia after the defeat in Malaysia, and victories in North Africa. Post-war publications highlight problems in Palestine, views on the Marshall Plan, the need for agricultural production, and the future of the British Empire.

Also included in the collection are United States war ration coupons and a few U.S. propaganda publications written in German and Japanese. Most of the publications are in English, however, some are in German, French and Japanese. The collection was formerly called World War I and World War II Pamphlet Collection.

Addition in July 2019 of boxes 4, 5, 6 and 7, and two extra oversize items containing additional World War I and World War II material.


  • 1896-1948 (bulk 1915-1948)


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


7 boxes (6.50 cu. ft., and two oversize items)


This is a collection of propaganda published in Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the United States, documenting various points of view in regard to World War I and World War II.

Related Archival Material

Holland Collection of World War II Posters Center for Southwest Research, Pictorial Collections, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Radical Pamphlets Collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Porter-Harvey Family Papers Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131