General Description and Selection Policy

The focus of this project is to provide access to World War II bond sales records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in New York, which are currently not digitized and accessible only through reference requests and in-person visits. Amounting to twenty-six letter-sized manuscript boxes, the collection is divided into two parts: correspondence and photographs. Both sections concern war bond sales and promotions in New York City.

The correspondence section consists of communications from advertising companies and federal and local authorities. It also includes a few photographs that have been interleafed with the text records. These records remain separate from those in the photographs section, which contains photos of original advertisements, celebrity endorsements, and related events, as well as some associated materials (such as photograph mats from newspaper war bond advertisements). The correspondence ranges in date from 1948 to 1962, encompassing war bond sales far after World War II, while the photographs span from 1943 to 1944.

Due to the size of the collection, only a small selection will be digitized. This sample will be chosen with assistance from a NARA archivist based on the appraisal of the value and potential researcher interest in individual correspondence and photographs. By digitizing the collection it will be vastly more accessible to historians, curious researchers, and life-long learners. Possible topics of interest range from New York City during World War II, 1940s architecture of Manhattan, celebrity culture of the 1940s, U.S. response and support to war, history of advertising, and other social, political, and economic issues.

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