Reference Service to the
World War II Poster Collection Database
To submit a reference or informational question
to the department regarding this resource, please send email
fax 847-491-7603 or call 847-491-3130. Remember to provide
adequate contact information if leaving a voice-mail message
or sending a fax or email so we can get back to you for clarification
of your question or other follow up if necessary.
The department is committed to providing
basic reference and verification service to the collection
and when appropriate will refer individuals to local libraries
for answers. The departmental staff has at its disposal reference
tools for government publications including posters, as well
as several articles and books on World War II posters. Unfortunately,
this collection is not comprehensive. Many people interested
in the site have contacted us in the past several years with
a wide range of reference and verification questions about
particular posters that are found in the database (as well
as those that are not), war information and propaganda, graphic
design, artists, and many other topics. If questions are not
answerable (usually due to scope or depth of the question)
by the staff in the department, or if it is deemed that the
question is better suited for answering locally (to the user),
we will contact the asker. In fact, someone will always contact
respond to a query about the poster database. This response
will usually be within 48 hours of receipt of the query.
Examples of questions
that will be addressed by NUL Government Publications &
Maps Department staff:
- Was the poster
by Anton Otto Fischer about careless words and needless
losses released in any other size than the one shown in
the database? If so, what size or sizes?
- What were the
names of the posters designed by Norman Rockwell?
- What countries'
flags are represented on the poster titled "United
we are Strong, United we will Win"?
Examples of questions that are beyond the
scope and purpose of the collection and the ability of our
staff to answer for non-Northwestern University affiliated
persons follow. These questions that are beyond this service
are generally broad and/or large. People should contact local
libraries about these large research-oriented questions. Persons
of Northwestern and the Evanston area are encouraged to visit
the department or NUL rather than contact us by email, phone
or FAX for these types of questions:
- How was propaganda
used in World War II?
- What is the
significance of each of the civilian defense insignias on
that poster in the database?
- What posters
did all of the Allied and Axis power countries release during