Pamphlets, posters, serial issues, press releases, photographs, and postcards, distributed during World War II.
Formed on September 4th 1939, the day after Britain's declaration of war, the Ministry of Information (MOI) was the central
government department responsible for publicity and propaganda in the Second World War. The initial functions of the MOI were
threefold: news and press censorship; home publicity; and overseas publicity in Allied and neutral countries. Planning for
such an organisation had started in October 1935 under the auspices of the Committee for Imperial Defence, largely conducted
in secret; otherwise the government was publicly admitting the inevitability of war. Propaganda was still tainted by the experience
of the First World War. In the ‘Great War', several different agencies had been responsible for propaganda, except for a brief
period when there had been a Department of Information (1917) and a Ministry of Information (1918) Planning for the new MOI
was largely organised by volunteers drawn from a wide range of government departments, public bodies and specialist outside
organisations. In March 1946, the MOI was dissolved. Its residual functions passed to the Central Office of Information (COI),
a central organisation providing common and specialist information services.
Source: "The Art of War" The National Archives, Great Britain, http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/theartofwar/inf3.htm
17 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 1 oversize folder
(7.8 linear feet)
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Collection is open for research.