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Victory Book Campaign files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The Victory Book Campaign was a nationwide effort to collect books for members of the armed forces. New York State's participation in the Victory Book Campaign was coordinated by the Bureau of Library Extension. These records relate to the acquisition, shipping, and distribution of books; publicity for the program; compilation of program statistics; and American finances. Included are correspondence, press releases, texts of radio programs and announcements, clippings, instruction manuals, statistical reports, fiscal records, fliers, posters, and maps.
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2.5 cu. ft.
Inclusive Dates:
1939-1943
Bulk Dates:
bulk 1942-1943
Series Number:
A2012

Arrangement

Loosely arranged by subject category, then in rough chronological order by date written or alphabetical by name of locality.

Administrative History

The Victory Book Campaign was a nationwide effort to collect books for distribution to members of the armed forces which was sponsored by the American Library Association, The American Red Cross, and the United Services Organizations for National Defense, Inc. Local libraries were used as collection centers for book donations during two separate campaigns in 1942 and 1943 in an effort coordinated in New York State by the Bureau of Library Extension.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, press releases, texts of radio programs and announcements, newspaper clippings, instruction manuals, statistical reports, vouchers, bank books, check stubs, cancelled checks, fliers, posters, and two maps relating to New York State's participation in the Victory Book Campaign during World War II.

These records relate to the acquisition, shipping, and distribution of books; publicity for the program; compilation of program statistics; and American finances. Most of these records are correspondence to and from Dr. Frank L. Tolman, Director of the Division of Adult Education and Library Extension (1937-1946) and Director of the Victory Book Campaign in New York State, and Jed H. Taylor, State Supervisor of the Library Extension and Assistance Project of the Federal Works Progress Admininstration, pertaining to the administrative details of conducting the Campaign in New York State.

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