Guide to the Research Collections
Pictorial Materials; Paper Money
Pictorial material is found in strength in the pictorial weeklies discussed with periodicals. This material ranges from photographs to sketches and, particularly in German publications, includes cartoons. There are also compilations such as L'Album de la guerre,
reproduced from L'Illustration.
Relevant prints held by the Prints Division must be located through the name of individual artists, such as Otto Dix, Kerr Eby, and Louis Raemaekers.2
The Art and Architecture Division holds a collection of pictures relating to war memorials.
Beginning in 1914 the library began to actively acquire posters related to World War I; by 1919 there were over 3,000 posters. In 1974 the poster collection was given to the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. In the Slavonic Division is a collection of posters, public notices, and decrees made by John Reed in Russia during 1917 and 1918.
A very large collection of Notgeld,
German and Austrian paper money, is administered by the Rare Book Division. Included is a series of Reichsbank notes commencing with 1913; a set called Amtliche Dokumente als Erinnerungszeichen an Deutschlands schwerste Zeit
(1918-23); and notes issued by almost every local governing body in Germany during the rapid post-war decline of the mark.