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Recent Collaborations: Digitizing World War II Posters

by Heidi Benedict, University Archivist

In celebration of Veterans Day, RWU Libraries collaborated with the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society (BHPS) on a digital project to make the Society’s collections of World War II posters more readily available.


The Historical Society’s collection includes about 100 posters, the majority emphasizing the importance of rationing, conservation, and safety; and many are uniquely Rhode Island themed. War posters like these were issued by the U.S. Government, and as such are in the public domain. Still, many posters have not been digitized and are only available at the holding repositories. With the completion of this project, World War II posters previously restricted to visitors to the BHPS can now be freely accessed online at http://bhps.omeka.net. The actual posters themselves remain at the Society.

Thanks to the University Archivist, Heidi Benedict for managing this project, Digital Imaging Technologist, Megan Lessard for content creation and digitization, and former Archives and Metadata Specialist, Molly Jencks, for technical development and metadata creation.