A Guide to the World War Two Newsmap Collection, 1943-1946

World War Two Newsmap Collection

Summary Information

Title
World War Two Newsmap Collection
Inclusive Dates
1943-1946
Extent
44 Sheets
Extent
Oversized Posters/Maps
Abstract
This collection consists of forty-four large informational posters published by the U.S. Army Information Branch during the Second World War in order to provide news from the war fronts and educate servicemembers on friendly and enemy equipment, tactics, and other important subjects. This collection represents only a fraction of the entire run; more than two hundred posters were published between 1942 and 1946.
Call Number
2016.0132
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Nick Hurley
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205 archives@uconn.edu URL:

Preferred Citation

[Date or Title of Poster], World War Two Newsmap Collection. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The maps were transferred to Archives & Special Collections from the main library’s Government Documents Collection in the Fall of 2016.

Access Restrictions

None; the collection is open and available for research. However, those posters marked as especially fragile must be examined under the supervision of an Archives & Special Collections staff member.

Preferred Citation

[Date or Title of Poster], World War Two Newsmap Collection. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Posters

Subject(s)

  • World War (1939-1945)
  • Propaganda

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History

In 1942, the U.S. Army began publishing weekly "Newsmaps." At a minimum, these large, two-sided posters were meant to inform American servicemembers on the progress of the war in the various theaters of conflict, and expose them to information on both enemy and friendly equipment and tactics. By 1943, many of the posters contained short snippets of news with accompanying photographs and maps on one side, and a large map of a particular region or nation on the reverse. Others had full-size advertisements or lay-outs on one side. As the war progressed, the themes for these pieces moved from war news to information on the GI Bill, post-military life, U.S. occupation policies, and so on. Several versions of Newsmaps were produced. Large posters like the ones in this collection were distributed to military installations in the United States, while smaller Newsmaps were sent to units overseas. An industrial version was also published for display in war production facilities. In total, Newsmaps were published weekly from April 1942 until March 1946, with an additional eight issues produced after that.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of forty-four oversized posters, measuring 36 by 48 inches each, published between 1943 and 1946. The bulk of the posters date from 1943. These posters were the full-sized version distributed to Army installations within the United States. The collection does not contain any of the smaller Newsmaps from the overseas set. The majority of the posters are two-sided, with brief snippets of war news accompanied by maps and photographs on one side, and either a full-page detailed map or informational lay-out (e.g. how to prevent disease, how to avoid unexploded ordnance, the layout of a German infantry regiment) on the reverse.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

The University of North Texas Digital Library has digitized the entire run of WWII Newsmaps. They can be viewed at http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/NMAP/browse/.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: An Inventory, 1943-1946 

1943 

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Volume II, Number 1, Monday, April 26, 1943  

Scope and Contents

Week of 16-23 April. 189th week of the war, 71st week of U.S. participation. Side 1: "The War Fronts." Side 2: "Dig!...or Die!"

1

Volume II, Number 2, Monday, May 3, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 23-30 April. 190th week of the war, 72nd week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Don't..."

1

Volume II, Number 3, Monday, May 10, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of April 30-May 7. 191st week of the war, 73rd week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP).

1

Volume II, Number 4, Monday, May 17, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 7-14 May. 192nd week of the war, 74th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "So He Can Fight!"

1

Volume II, Number 8, Monday, June 14, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 3-10 June. 196th week of the war, 78th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "The Making of a U.S. Bluejacket."

1

Volume II, Number 9, Monday, June 21, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 10-17 June. 197th week of the war, 79th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Disease in the Tropics."

1

Volume II, Number 10, Monday, June 28, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 17-24 June. 198th week of the war, 80th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Gliders: Weapons of War."

1

Volume II, Number 11, Monday, July 5, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of June 24-July 1. 199th week of the war, 81st week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Abandon Ship!"

1

Volume II, Number 12, Monday, July 12, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 1-8 July. 200th week of the war, 82nd week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Battle Area on the Eastern Front."

1

Volume II, Number 13, Monday, July 19, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 8-15 July. 201st week of the war, 83rd week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Gas!"

1

Volume II, Number 21, Monday, September 13, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 2-9 September. 209th week of the war, 91st week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "United States Army Tradition!"

2

Volume II, Number 22, Monday, September 20, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 9-16 September. 210th week of the war, 92nd week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Battleground in Italy."

2

Volume II, Number 23, Monday, September 27, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 16-23 September. 211th week of the war, 93rd week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Progress of the War..."

2

Volume II, Number 24, Monday, October 4, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 23-30 September. 212th week of the war, 94th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "A Mournful Melody."

2

Volume II, Number 25, Monday, October 11, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of September 30-October 7. 213th week of the war, 95th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Typical German Infantry Regiment."

2

Volume II, Number 26, Monday, October 18, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 7-14 October. 214th week of the war, 96th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Target Tokyo."

Conditions Governing Use

Poster is extremely fragile. May be examined only under the supervision of Archives and Special Collections staff.

2

Volume II, Number 27, Monday, October 25, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 14-21 October. 215th week of the war, 97th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Target Berlin."

2

Volume II, Number 29, Monday, November 8, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of October 28-November 4. 217th week of the war, 99th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "This is Ann...She Drinks Blood!"

2

Volume II, Number 30, Monday, November 15, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 4-11 November. 218th week of the war, 100th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "U.S. Army Decorations and Awards."

2

Volume II, Number 31, Monday, November 22, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 11-18 November. 219th week of the war, 101st week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "The World: A Polar Projection."

2

Volume II, Number 36, Monday, December 27, 1943 

Scope and Contents

Week of 16-22 December. 224th week of the war, 106th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Land of the Setting Sun."

3

1944 

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Volume II, Number 37, Monday, January 3, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 22-29 December. 225th week of the war, 107th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "New Guinea."

3

Volume II, Number 38, Monday, January 10, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of December 29, 1943-January 5, 1944. 226th week of the war, 108th week of U.S. participation. Side 1: The War Fronts, Side 2: "Courageous Care."

3

Volume II, Number 39, Monday, January 17, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 6-13 January. 227th week of the war, 109th week of U.S. participation. Side 39F: The War Fronts, Side 39B: "Southeast Asia."

3

Volume II, Number 41, Monday, January 31, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 20-27 January. 229th week of the war, 111th week of U.S. participation. Side 41F: The War Fronts, Side 41B: "France."

3

Volume II, Number 43, Monday, February 14, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 3-10 February. 231st week of the war, 113th week of U.S. participation. Side 43F: The War Fronts, Side 43B: "Central Italy."

3

Volume II, Number 44, Monday, February 21, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 10-17 February. 232nd week of the war, 114th week of U.S. participation. Side 44F: The War Fronts, Side 44B: "Landing Craft."

3

Volume II, Number 45, Monday, February 28, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 17-24 February. 233rd week of the war, 115th week of U.S. participation. Side 45F: The War Fronts, Side 45B: "In Mein Kampf..."

3

Volume II, Number 47, Monday, March 13, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 2-9 March. 235th week of the war, 117th week of U.S. participation. Side 47F: The War Fronts, Side 47B: "Anzio Harbor."

3

Volume II, Number 48, Monday, March 20, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 9-16 March. 236th week of the war, 118th week of U.S. participation. Side 48F: The War Fronts, Side 48B: "Europe."

Conditions Governing Use

Poster is extremely fragile. Can only be examined under the supervision of Archives and Special Collections staff.

3

Volume II, Number 49, Monday, March 27, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 16-23 March. 237th week of the war, 119th week of U.S. participation. Side 49F: The War Fronts, Side 49B: "USS Ranger."

Conditions Governing Use

Poster is extremely fragile. Can only be examined under the supervision of Archives and Special Collections staff.

4

Volume II, Number 50, Monday, April 3, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 22-30 March. 238th week of the war, 120th week of U.S. participation. Side 50F: The War Fronts, Side 50B: "Southeastern Europe."

4

Volume II, Number 51, Monday, April 10, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of March 30-April 6. 239th week of the war, 121st week of U.S. participation. Side 51F: The War Fronts, Side 51B: "North Burma."

4

Volume II, Number 52, Monday, April 17, 1944 

Scope and Contents

Week of 6-13 April. 240th week of the war, 122nd week of U.S. participation. Side 52F: The War Fronts, Side 52B: "Are the Folks at Home Backinng Us Up?"

4

1945 

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Volume IV, Number 1, Monday, April 23, 1945 

Scope and Contents

Week of 10-17 April. 293rd week of the war, 175th week of U.S. participation. Side 1F: The War Fronts, Side 1B: WAC Advertisement.

4

Volume IV, Number 15, Monday, July 30, 1945 

Scope and Contents

Week of 17-24 July. V-E Day plus 12 weeks, 189th week of U.S. participation. Side 15F: The War Fronts, Side 15B: "1907," USAAF Poster.

4

Volume IV, Number 17, Monday, August 13, 1945 

Scope and Contents

Week of July 31-August 7. V-E Day plus 14 weeks, 191st week of U.S. participation. Side 17F: The War Fronts, Side 15B: "Formosa."

4

Volume IV, Number 22, Monday, September 17, 1945 

Scope and Contents

Week of 4-11 September. Side 22B: "Comparison Chart of Non-Commissioned Grades and Ratings of the Armed Forces."

4

1946 

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Volume IV, Number 48, Monday, March 18, 1946 

Scope and Contents

Week of 5-12 March. Side 2: "Memorandum to All Officers and EM:"

4

Volume V, Number 3, June 11, 1946 

Scope and Contents

Side 1: "Army Areas", Side 2: "Organization of the War Department", both dated June 11 1946.

4

Undated 

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Volume IV, Number 50, "Farm Loans"  

5

Volume IV, Number 51, "Wherever You Are" 

5

Volume V, Number 1, "Army Food Conservation Program" 

5

Volume V, Number 2, "The Mediterranean Area: A Troop Information Program Map" 

5

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