Guide to the United States Army Propaganda Leaflets Collection 1944-1945
Cage 272

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
United States. Army
Title
United States Army Propaganda Leaflets Collection
ID
Cage 272
Date [inclusive]
1944-1945
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
1.5 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of specimens of aerial propaganda leaflets and posters produced by the United States Office of War Information during World War II.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] United States Army Propaganda Leaflets Collection Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of specimens of aerial propaganda leaflets and posters produced by the United States Office of War Information during World War II. These were to be dropped by United States Army Air Force aircraft in Japan and its occupied areas in China, Indo-China, and Taiwan, between October 1944 and August 1945. The leaflets and posters include text, photographs, maps, and cartoon illustrations depicting bombings, Allied advances, and individuals significant to the war. They are accompanied by detailed descriptions with item identification numbers, distribution information, and English translations of text (mimeographed typescripts attached to specimens). In some cases, the specimen is absent and only the description is present.

The purpose of the leaflets and posters delivered to Japan-occupied areas was to raise the morale of the inhabitants, to encourage them to assist fallen U.S. Army personnel, and to provide information about the Allied armies. According to the unidentified collector, the Chinese news leaflets were "dropped in occupied China to encourage the underground and demoralize the enemy by providing news of Allied victories in various parts of the world." The items dropped in Japan were intended to discredit Japanese victories, lower Japanese morale, and initiate a revolt of Japanese soldiers against their commanding officers.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in a single series, maintaining the original order established by the unidentified collector.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Processing Information note

This collection was initially cataloged shortly after it was acquired, and additional processing was performed in 2013 by Morgan Clendenning.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Leaflets dropped from aircraft -- Specimens
  • Military
  • Propaganda, American -- Specimens
  • Psychological warfare
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda -- Specimens

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Chinese News leaflets 1944 December-1945 September 

1 1

Chinese Pictorial News leaflets 1944 October-1945 December 

1 2

Chinese Pictorial News leaflets 1944 October-1945 August 

1 3

Chinese Action leaflets 1944 October-1945 August 

1 4

Japanese Morale Leaflets 1944 October-1945 August 

1 5

Japanese News leaflets 1945 May-August 

1 6

Chinese Morale leaflets 1944 December-1945 August 

1 7

Miscellaneous posters 1944 December-1945 May 

1 8

Miscellaneous leaflets 1944-1945 

1 9