UI Libraries digitizes historic government posters

A collection of 1,500 historic government-issued posters from pre-World War II through the 1990s will be preserved and made available in digital format through a partnership between University of Iowa Libraries and the U.S. Government Printing Office.

The UI Libraries is part of the Government Printing Office Federal Depository Library Program, which provides public access to published information of all three branches of the government through partnerships with more than 1,220 libraries nationwide. The collection is available at: digital.lib.uiowa.edu/gpc/.

“I’m delighted that this previously hidden collection is now available to anyone with an Internet connection,” says Marianne Mason, the UI Federal Documents Librarian. “These posters often represent a graphic documentation of priorities of a given presidential administration or reflect social culture at a discrete point in time. Nearly all federal agencies, both past and present, have produced social marketing posters including the Works Project Administration, War Mobilization Office, EPA, Department of Interior, and NASA. This visual collection has the potential to complement academic course work in public policy, history, communication studies, and health sciences and to enhance outreach activities to primary and secondary (K-12) students.”