Online Collections: Worldwide

Herbert Hoover (left) and Hugh Gibson take off on their world tour, March 17, 1946.

Finding Aid


Hugh Gibson Papers

Diaries by a member of Herbert Hoover's worldwide food mission, 1946–47

Poster Collection

33,000 political posters from 80 countries

Hugh Gibson in devastated Warsaw Ghetto, March 29, 1946.  (Courtesy of Michael Gibson)

Hugh Gibson’s diaries documenting Herbert Hoover’s 1946–47 food mission are now available online

Thursday, September 30, 2010

With the tragic earthquakes in Haiti and Chile earlier this year, and the recent floods in Pakistan, we are reminded once again of the primacy of food in relief operations for people in distress, whether suffering from natural or man-made catastrophes.

Hugh Gibson’s diaries

Hugh Gibson’s Diaries Documenting Herbert Hoover’s Post-World War II Food Mission Available Online

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gibson wrote this daily journal when he accompanied Herbert Hoover around the world on the so-called food mission to assess needs and coordinate efforts in alleviating the famine caused by severe droughts and the devastation wrought by World War II.

Bolshevism is depicted as a huge red spider with a death’s head sitting on top of the globe in this German poster

Close to Five Thousand German Posters Added to Online Database

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

With the recent addition of more than 4,000 images from Germany, the Hoover Institution’s searchable online poster database now provides access to some 22,000 images of political posters in Hoover’s poster collection.


Digital Images of Hoover's China Posters Are Online; Russian and Soviet Posters to Follow

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Several hundred images of posters from China are available in a searchable catalog of the Hoover Archives poster collection. About three thousand posters from Russia and the Soviet Union are being scanned and added to the database in July. More than one thousand poster images are already online.

US 555B, Poster collection, Hoover Institution Archives

Doughnut Lassies on World War I Posters

Monday, June 4, 2012

Political posters are powerful tools of persuasion and control via striking visual imagery. Scholarly interest in the strong visual images draws many researchers to Hoover's voluminous poster collection. Others mine more popular parts of the collection, such as this CBC article on National Doughnut Day, which highlights posters of US troops receiving doughnuts and coffee from Salvation Army doughnut lassies during World War I.

"Wars We Should Fight" (1939; Annie Lee Guinther, artist), US 8176, Poster colle

Featured Find: Peace Posters

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

From 1935 to 1940, students from all over the United States participated in a contest to create posters inspired by the theme of Peace. The National Circulating Library of Students' Peace Posters, based in Philadelphia, sponsored the contest; in 1940, the winning posters were reproduced and sold as collectible, stamp-sized stickers. The sponsoring organization was founded by Nancy Babb, a Quaker who volunteered with the American Relief Administration's famine relief efforts in Russia in 1921.

Stop War! vote Labour UK poster

Four Thousand British Posters Added to Online Poster Database

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

With more than four thousand images from the United Kingdom having been recently added, the Hoover Institution’s online, searchable poster database now has some eighteen thousand images of political posters from its collection.

Victory to the just struggle of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Ango

Hoover Institution’s searchable online poster database has just expanded

Friday, July 6, 2012

With the recent addition of some ten thousand images from the United States, the Hoover Institution’s searchable online poster database now provides access to images of more than thirty thousand political posters. The posters, which represent more than eighty countries, range in date from the late 1800s to the late 1980s.



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Hoover Poster Collection

Elena Danielson on a peacemaker poster

Yael Roberts on a Hungarian literacy poster

Edward Jajko on an Egyptian Islamic poster

Christine Podmaniczky on a poster of the White House

Yael Roberts on a French travel poster

Yael Roberts on a Malta poster

Yael Roberts on a Baltic Exposition poster