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Posters

Overview

Documenting the wartime viewpoints and diverse political sentiments of the twentieth century, the Poster Collection has more than one hundred thousand posters from around the world and continues to grow. Thirty-three thousand are available online. Posters from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia/Soviet Union, and France predominate, though posters from more than eighty countries are included. Additional posters can be found in various individual archival collections.

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Featured Find: Peace Posters

From 1935 to 1940, students from all over the United States participated in a contest to create posters inspired by the theme of Peace. The National Circulating Library of Students' Peace Posters, based in Philadelphia, sponsored the contest; in 1940, the winning posters were reproduced and sold as collectible, stamp-sized stickers. The sponsoring organization was founded by Nancy Babb, a Quaker who volunteered with the American Relief Administration's famine relief efforts in Russia in 1921.

May 15, 2013
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Hoover Institution’s searchable online poster database has just expanded

With the recent addition of some ten thousand images from the United States, the Hoover Institution’s searchable online poster database now provides access to images of more than thirty thousand political posters. The posters, which represent more than eighty countries, range in date from the late 1800s to the late 1980s.

July 06, 2012
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Doughnut Lassies on World War I Posters

Political posters are powerful tools of persuasion and control via striking visual imagery. Scholarly interest in the strong visual images draws many researchers to Hoover's voluminous poster collection. Others mine more popular parts of the collection, such as this CBC article on National Doughnut Day, which highlights posters of US troops receiving doughnuts and coffee from Salvation Army doughnut lassies during World War I.

June 04, 2012
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Cinderella Story

Letestan? This place name stopped me in my tracks as I was consulting our poster database. Although I have kept up with all the new countries of Central Asia, such as Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Letestan didn't ring any bells.

April 05, 2012
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Hoover, Zazzle.com Start Partnership to Expand Access to Archival Posters

July 01, 2003 STANFORD
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Digital Images of Hoover's China Posters Are Online; Russian and Soviet Posters to Follow

Several hundred images of posters from China are available in a searchable catalog of the Hoover Archives poster collection. About three thousand posters from Russia and the Soviet Union are being scanned and added to the database in July. More than one thousand poster images are already online.

July 08, 2008
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Close to Five Thousand German Posters Added to Online Database

With the recent addition of more than 4,000 images from Germany, the Hoover Institution’s searchable online poster database now provides access to some 22,000 images of political posters in Hoover’s poster collection.

September 08, 2009
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Four Thousand British Posters Added to Online Poster Database

With more than four thousand images from the United Kingdom having been recently added, the Hoover Institution’s online, searchable poster database now has some eighteen thousand images of political posters from its collection.

May 26, 2009
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Archival Perspectives on Hoover’s Poster Digitization Project

Archival considerations in the development of Hoover's poster digitization project are described in the winter 2009 issue of the Society of California Archivists Newsletter

April 13, 2009
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