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Historic Government Publications from World War II

Government Information Resources

About the Collection


Federal Depository Library Program

Federal Depository Library Program

The GPO's Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is SMU's digital preservation partner for this collection.

The Historic Government Publications from World War II contains 343 Informational pamphlets, government reports, instructions, regulations, declarations, speeches, and propaganda materials distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) during the Second World War. The documents are held by SMU Central University Libraries' Government Information Resources department.

The documents, which reflect the thinking of the time, range widely in topics. You can view information on many categories, such as women's issues, children's issues, pocket guides to other countries, and more. You can view series, like the Victory Bulletin and 10 issues of the State Summary of War Casualties.

Government Information Resources digital collections are part of CUL Digital Collections, which contain thousands of digitized photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art held by SMU's Central University Libraries special collections.

Related World War II Collections

Enola Gay (Saipan) by Frank J. Davis

SMU has published two other digital collections of World War II materials: the Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs and the Frank J. Davis War II Photographs.

The Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs and images depict the indigenous populations and local conditions of North Africa, Italy/Southern France, and Germany from the years 1943 to 1945.

 Frank J. Davis’ frontline photographs and images portray life during World War II, including images from Washington, DC, Italy, France, and Saipan.

Digital Collections Policies and Procedures

The documents were scanned as 300 dpi .jpg files and converted into .pdfs in Adobe Acrobat 5. Optical character recognition software was not used. As a result, any searches within the collection will return words or phrases from the metadata, or object information, only.


Please cite Government Information Resources, Southern Methodist University when using these files.

Contact Info

For more information about the Historic Government Publications in World War II collection, contact