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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Poster collection,
    Date (inclusive): circa 1900-2002
    Collection number: XX343
    Extent: Number of Items: Circa 12,400 posters (1000 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Posters from many countries relating to a broad range of topics in twentieth-century history. A large proportion of the posters are propagandistic in nature. American, British, French, German and Russian posters are particularly numerous. Among the major events covered are World Wars I and II, the Russian Revolution, and national socialism in Germany. Selected posters are available online via the Hoover Archives Poster Collection web page: http://www.politicalposters.hoover.org/ .
    Languages: English, German, Russian, and French

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Poster collection, Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information



    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Alternative Forms of Material Available

    Selected posters are available online via the Hoover Archives Poster Collection web page: http://www.politicalposters.hoover.org// 

    Scope and Content Note

    The Hoover Institution Archives Poster Collection includes more than 33,000 cataloged political posters from around the world, with more than double that number as yet uncataloged. Many thousands of posters date from World War I and World War II, though the posters cover the entire twentieth century. Posters from the United States (approximately 8,700), the United Kingdom (5,000), Germany (4,200), the Russian empire and the Soviet Union (2,600), and France (1,800) are well represented, but also included are posters from more than eighty countries. The cataloged posters have been photographed and are available as 35-mm slides.
    Cataloged posters protected by copyright laws are available on Hoover's Poster Collection web page as small thumbnail images only. Posters published before 1923 are also available in a larger size for better viewing. All images on the Poster Collection web page are for educational and research purposes only. Large-size images of all digitized posters, including posters published since 1923, are available on workstations in the Hoover Archives reading room.
    The list below covers only cataloged posters for which 35-mm slides are available. These posters were cataloged and photographed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since the NEH grant ended in 1985, the archives has acquired more than 50,000 more posters that have not been photographed and cataloged.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    World War, 1914-1918.
    World War, 1939-1945.
    Great Britain.
    Soviet Union.
    Russia (Federation)
    United States--Politics and government.
    United States--Armed Forces.
    United States--Foreign relations.
    Latin America.
    National socialism.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.

    Genres and Forms of Material