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World War Two Newsmap Collection

Identifier: 2016-0132

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.


  • 1943 - 1946

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.


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.


44 Sheets ( Oversized Posters/Maps)

Language of Materials



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 service members on friendly and enemy equipment, tactics, and other important subjects. This collection represents only a fractio n of the entire run; more than two hundred posters were published between 1942 and 1946.

Acquisition Information

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

Related Materials

The University of North Texas Digital Library has digitized the entire run of WWII Newsmaps. They can be viewed at

World War Two Newsmap Collection
Archives & Special Collections staff
2016 December
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US