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Collection on World War II

Identifier: MSS 99

Scope and Contents

The collection on World War II is organized into five series.

Nazi occupation, 1939-1952 and undated, contains German, Polish, Czechoslovak, and United Nations publications detailing life in Nazi-occupied countries during World War II. Publications include speeches, German propaganda, newspapers, and essays from citizens, leaders, and professionals from each country and organization.

United States, 1939-1949 and undated, includes documents and publications about the United States Homefront, war production, recruitment, war planning, war bonds and loans, and foreign relations with other countries. Most of the publications were created for schools and public areas in order to educate citizens about contributing to the war effort.

Allies, 1939-1957 and undated, consists of publications from the United Nations and countries that were recognized as part of the Allied powers. Most documents were either published in or about the British Empire. Plans for the post-war world are also included in this series.

Other, the final series in the collection, contains documents that are dated before or after World War II from 1913 to 1957, in addition to materials that have no direct relation to a discussion on the war, such as publications from neutral countries.

The audiovisual materials series contains three 16mm film reels: “Rock Island at War I,” “Rock Island at War II,” and “Army-Navy Screen Magazine Issue No. 74.”


  • Creation: 1913-1957 and undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1939-1945

Language of Materials

English, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, and French

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

Historical Note

The collection on World War II was most likely assembled as a study collection by an Augustana College faculty member or librarian. World War II, beginning in 1939, was a global war that arose two decades after the end of World War I. Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland is regarded as the first major conflict in World War II, after which England and France declared war on Germany. Eventually, all of the world’s major powers divided themselves into either the Allies (supporting Poland) or the Axis (supporting Hitler and the Nazi Party). The United States declared war on Japan in December of 1941 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, officially aligning itself with the Allied powers against both Japan and Germany. The allied invasion of Germany in 1945 led to Germany’s unconditional surrender in May of that same year. President Truman’s authorization of the use of the atomic bomb led to Japan’s formal surrender in August, which the United States accepted on 2 September 1945, officially ending World War II. The mass genocide in the Holocaust and the use of the atomic bomb contributed to making World War II the deadliest conflict in history.


6.3 Cubic Feet (/ 15 boxes, 1 AV box, and 1 oversize folder)


The collection on World War II, 1913-1957 and undated (bulk 1939-1945), is a collection of primarily published documents disseminated throughout the war to members of the public. It was most likely assembled as a study collection by an Augustana College faculty member or librarian. The collection is organized into five series: Nazi occupation, United States, Allies, Other, and Audiovisual materials. Materials in this collection include government publications, essays, and international newspapers.


Within each box and series, materials are organized by date. When available, original order of materials has been maintained, with oversized materials from multiple series housed together in box 15.

Custodial History

This collection was found in a storage room in Sorensen Hall and given to David Snowball in the Communications Department.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from David Snowball, 1994.

Related Materials

MSS 98 Collection on World War I

Processing Information

Processed by Ariana Solis, April 2016.

Collection on World War II, 1913-1957 and undated (bulk 1939-1945).
Ariana Solis
April 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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