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  • Title: Poster collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 1900-2011
    Collection Number: XX343
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In various languages.
    Physical Description: circa 120,900 posters (1000 linear feet)
    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. Digital copies of select posters also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives


    Collection is open for research. Digital copies of select posters also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.


    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.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital copies of select posters also available at https://digitalcollections.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 the cataloged 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 posters from more than eighty countries are also included. The cataloged posters have been photographed and are available as 35-mm slides; digital copies are available as well.
    Cataloged posters protected by copyright laws are available on Hoover's Digital Collections website ( https://digitalcollections.hoover.org ) as small thumbnail images only. Posters published before 1923 are also available in a larger size for better viewing. All images on the Digital Collections website 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 United States Department of Education. Since the DoE grant ended in 1985, the archives has acquired more than 50,000 more posters that have not been photographed and cataloged.
    Note that each country has been assigned a unique two character poster identification code, listed in parentheses following the country name in the list below. For assistance with this collection, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives at hooverarchives@stanford.edu.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1914-1918--Propaganda.
    World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda.
    World War, 1914-1918--Posters.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Posters.
    National socialism--Posters.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Propaganda.
    Posters, American.
    Posters, British.
    Posters, French.
    Posters, German.
    Posters, Russian.