Spotlight: WWI-Era Broadsides

Here in the Still Picture Branch we most often work with still photographs. However, we also receive records from federal agencies that include graphic materials. For example, the Department of Labor Historian’s Office recently transferred records to our department that include a series of WWI-era broadsides. Broadsides are single sheets with information printed on one side that are intended to be posted and publicly circulated. The broadsides that we received were originally issued by the Department of Labor under Secretary William Bauchop Wilson during and immediately after World War I. Generally, messages on these broadsides encourage economic support for the war through increased production on the home front. The broadsides issued after WWI were used to inspire spending and production.

Here are ten examples of the broadsides that we received from the Department of Labor. All of the broadsides within the series, 174-B, will soon be available in the NARA catalog.

Local ID: 174-B-14-1583 / NAID 148727876
Local ID: 174-B-14-1571 / NAID 148727866
Local ID: 174-B-14-1541 / NAID 148727852
Local ID: 174-B-14-1534 / NAID 148727846
Local ID: 174-B-14-1529 / NAID 148727840
Local ID: 174-B-14-1791
Local ID: 174-B-14-1767
Local ID: 174-B-14-1592
Local ID: 174-B-14-1693
Local ID: 174-B-14-1743


There are no known copyright restrictions on the WWI-era broadsides. 


Generally, copies of photographic records held by the National Archives may be published without special permission or additional fees. The National Archives does not grant exclusive or non-exclusive publication privileges. Copies of Federal records, as part of the public domain, are equally available to all. A small percentage of photographs in our holdings are or may be subject to copyright restrictions. The National Archives does not confirm the copyright status of photographs but will provide any information known about said status. It is the user’s responsibility to obtain all necessary clearances. Any use of these items is made at the researcher’s or purchaser’s own risk.

Proper credit lines are encouraged in the interest of good documentation. They also help inform the public about government photographic resources that are available.

*Because so many of our requests for information cite credits and captions that appear in published works, the inclusion of a photo number in hard copy and electronic publications is of great assistance to both us and the public.

Examples of preferred credit lines are as follows:

National Archives photo no. 80-G-32500

Credit National Archives (photo no. 306-NT-186000)

Courtesy National Archives, photo no. 26-G-3422

National Archives (111-SC-202199)

If using a large number of our images, the National Archives will appreciate receiving copies of publications that contain our photographs. Such copies can be sent to the Still Picture Branch or the Library, National Archives and Records Administration.