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Print Collection 12: The Broadsides

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Ordre de Mobilisation Générale, 1914

Broadsides allowed civil and military authorities to make announcements to troops and to the general public during the war. Though similar in this capacity to propaganda posters, broadsides differed from propaganda in their straightforward relaying of information. Unlike propaganda posters, broadsides announced the movements of troops, made wartime regulations known and broadcast government discourse about the war.

The broadsides in the Collection are primarily German and French. The German broadsides include regulations posted by German authorities during the occupation of Belgium and France. These range from rules for commodity usage, curfews and travel restrictions to imprisonment and execution announcements. The French broadsides include military as well as governmental announcements. These include speeches given in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies regarding the progress of the war, policy decisions and orders. The collection also includes Allied broadsides dating from the conclusion of the war and subsequent occupation of German territories.

In addition to government and military broadsides, the collection includes announcements from civilian organizations such as Le Comité Central d'Assistance aux Anciens Militaires Tuberculeux (Central Assistance Committee for Veteran Tuberculosis Relief) and l'Union des Pères et Mères dont les fils sont Morts pour la Patrie (Mothers and Fathers Whose Sons Have Died for their Country).

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Call number Title Author Publisher/Printer Date Size (cm) Notes
S-082 Proclamation La Général Commandant en Chef n.d. 40.5 x 29.8 German occupation broadside, travel restrictions
S-083 Avis Le Commandant de la Place Kriegsdruckerei, Noyon Jan. 8, 1917 38 x 28.1 German occupation broadside from Noyon, curfew rules
S-084 Avis Le Commandant de la Place Kriegsdruckerei, Noyon Jan. 12, 1917 27.8 x 38 German occupation broadside from Noyon, gas lamp regulations
S-085 Avis au Public Le Commandant de la Place Kriegsdruckerei, Noyon n.d. 37.8 x 27.8 German occupation broadside from Noyon, incarceration warning
S-087 Avec des Assassins Ligue pour Perpétuer à Travers les Ages le Souvenier des Crimes Allemands/Chambrelent, Paris n.d. 39.5 x 28.5 Anti-German broadside from France
M-026 Mitteilung der Heeresleitung G. Freisz/G. Dubays, Saint-Dié Sept. 4, 1914 44.2 x 56.2 German occupation broadside to be distributed to German troops
M-027 Ordre Descoings Groupe d'Armées Direction des Etapes/Henri Villers, Epernay Feb. 15, 1917 36.6 x 45.2 Broadside for French troops prohibiting sharing provisions with civilians
M-028 République Française Avis Ministère de la Guerre/Imprimerie Nationale, Paris n.d. 48.8 x 31.9 French government broadside, jobs for injured veterans
M-029 Ordre Général Concernant l'Élevage des Pigeons-Voyageurs Franchet d'Esperey Henri Villers, Epernay July 3, 1915 44.2 x 55.2 French military broadside, regulations about carrier pigeons
M-052 Retour de Captivité des Officiers et Hommes de Troupe May 24, 1918 59.8 x 39.8 Announcement from a Munich newspaper, regulations for returning prisoners of war
M-053 Aux Habitants de la Belgique Maréchal Von Der Goltz Imprimerie Régionale Sept. 18, 1914 38 x 56.5 German occupation broadside, travel restrictions for Belgians
M-054 Ville de Louvain: Appel à mes Concitoyens Eug. Marguery, A. Nerincx E. Charpentier, Louvain Oct. 4, 1914 30.8 x 58.3 Announcement from Louvain mayor about the hostage situation
M-113 Aux Habitants du Nord de la France Imprimerie Régionale Sept. 20, 1914 38.4 x 56.2 German occupation broadside, travel restrictions for French citizens
M-168 Mésures à prendre en cas d'incendie dans le parc Colonel Gigout Henri Villers, Epernay Feb. 23, 1917 32.5 x 47.6 French military broadside, rules in case of fire
M-178, M-179 Consigne du Poste de Police Colonel Gigout Henri Villers, Epernay Feb. 23, 1917 32.4 x 47.4 French military broadside, orders for guards
L-005 Ordre Descoings Groupe d'Armées Direction des Etapes/Henri Villers, Epernay Feb. 1, 1917 50 x 65.2 French military broadside regarding abandoned equipment
L-006 Gouvernement Militaire de Paris M. Delanney, Galliéni Gouvernement Militaire de Paris/Imprimerie Chaix, Paris n.d. 49.8 x 64.7 French broadside regarding government absence from Paris
L-007 Avis Druckerei der Liller Kriegezeitung Jan. 11, 1916 42.1 x 61.8 German occupation broadside, announcement of sabotage at Lille munitions depot
L-008 Avis Druckerei der Liller Kriegezeitung Sept. 21, 1915 42.7 x 63.1 German occupation broadside announcing executions of four citizens of Lille
L-009 Avis Jan. 7, 1915 43.4 x 62.3 German occupation broadside announcing executions of two French officers
L-010 Armée de Paris, Habitants de Paris Galliéni Gouvernement Militaire de Paris/Marcel Picard, Paris Sept. 3, 1914 49.4 x 64 French broadside announcing departure of government from Paris
L-011 Proclamation Druckerei der Liller Kriegezeitung, vorm. Echo du Nord July 27, 1915 41.7 x 62.4 German occupation broadside, curfew regulations in Lille
L-059 Sauvegarde Ambassador Myron T. Herrick Herbert Clarke, Paris n.d. 39.3 x 69.2 Broadside announcing the protection of the US Embassy for an American living in France
L-063 Pommes de Terre Maire Maurice Pol-Roger Henri Villers, Epernay March 19, 1917 64.7 x 49.5 French government broadside from Epernay regarding potatoes
L-064 Arrêté — La Photographie Descoings Groupe d'Armées Direction des Etapes/Henri Villers, Epernay Feb. 5, 1917 50 x 64.7 French military broadside, regulations for photography
XL-009 Arrêté: Logement Descoings Groupe d'Armées Direction des Etapes/Henri Villers, Epernay March 1, 1917 62.7 x 93 French military broadside regarding lodging of military personnel
XL-010 Arrêté: la Vente et la Circulation de l'Alcool et les Boissons Alcoolisées Descoings Groupe d'Armées Direction des Etapes/Henri Villers, Epernay Feb. 1, 1917 62.7 x 92.8 French broadside regarding alcohol consumption in military zone
XL-011 Changement de l'Heure Malvy Ministère de l'Intérieur/Imprimerie Chaix, Paris Oct. 1 56.1 x 74.5 French government broadside announcing Daylight savings time
XL-012 Ordonnance E. Laurent, J. Paoli Nov. 11, 1916 64.5 x 89.2 French energy conservation announcement
XL-013(a) Changement de l'Heure Malvy Ministère de l'Intérieur/Imprimerie Chaix, Paris June 15 56.4 x 74 French government broadside announcing Daylight savings time
XL-013(b) Changement de l'Heure Malvy Ministère de l'Intérieur/Imprimerie Chaix, Paris March 25 56 x 75.1 French government broadside announcing Daylight savings time. With XL-013(a)
XL-014 Déclaration du Gouvernement René Viviani, Aristide Briand Imprimerie des Journaux Officiels, Paris Dec. 22, 1914 65 x 96 French government broadside, speech on war's progress
XL-015 Proclamation Dubail Berger-Levrault, Nancy-Paris Nov. 1, 1914 64.7 x 98 French military broadside, regulations for citizens of Alsace
XL-016 Discours Raymond Poincaré, Malvy Imprimerie des Journaux Officiels, Paris July 14, 1916 64 x 95 Poincaré speech on Bastille Day
XL-017 Dommages Matériels L. Aubanel Imprimerie Chaix, Paris May 6, 1918 56.3 x 87.6 French government broadside, compensation for munitions factory accidents
XL-018 Appel aux Industriels et Commerçants David-Mennet Chambre de Commerce de Paris/Martinet, Paris Nov. 1915 89.2 x 111 Broadside from Chamber of Commerce asking businesses to participate in war loans
XL-019 Arrêté — Consommation du Gaz et de l'Electricité Mazel Henri Villers, Epernay Jan. 1, 1917 85 x 124 French broadside, regulations for gas consumption
XL-020 Discours Antonin Dubost J. Clement, Imprimeur du Sénat, Paris Jan. 13, 1916 64.5 x 94 French government broadside, extract from Senate proceedings
XL-021 Discours Antonin Dubost J. Clement, Imprimeur du Sénat, Paris Aug. 5, 1915 58.4 x 88.7 French government broadside, extract from Senate proceedings
XL-022 Discours Galliéni J. Clement, Imprimeur du Sénat, Paris Dec. 28, 1915 64 x 97 French government broadside, extract from Senate proceedings
XL-023 Discours de M. Ribot Ribot Martinet, Imprimeur de la Chambre des Députés, Paris March 18, 1915 89.4 x 111 French government broadside, extract from Chamber of Deputies proceedings
XL-024 Discours Ribot J. Clement, Imprimeur du Sénat, Paris Sept. 5, 1916 65.2 x 99 French government broadside, extract from Senate proceedings
XL-025 Déclaration du Gouvernement Raoul Péret, Paul Painlevé Imprimerie des Journaux Officiels, Paris Sept. 18, 1917 61.8 x 95.5 French government broadside, speech from Senate and Chamber
XL-026 Discours de M. Paul Deschanel Paul Deschanel Martinet, Imprimeur de la Chambre des Députés, Paris Jan. 11, 1917 89.7 x 110 French government broadside, speech to Chamber of Deputies
XL-027 Dicours prononcé le 14 juillet 1915 par M. Raymond Poincaré Raymond Poincaré Imprimerie des Journaux Officiels, Paris July 14, 1915 64.7 x 95 Poincaré speech for transfer of Rouget de Lisle ashes to les Invalides
XL-028 Discours Henry Chéron J. Clement, Imprimeur du Sénat, Paris March 31, 1917 101 x 133 French government broadside, Senate speech
XL-029 Discours Raymond Poincaré Imprimerie de Vaugirard, H.-L. Motti, Paris Nov. 17, 1918 75 x 112 French government broadside, Poincaré speech about Alsace-Lorraine
XL-030 Dicours de M. René Viviani René Viviani Martinet, Imprimeur de la Chambre des Députés, Paris Aug. 25, 1916 89.8 x 110.5 French government broadside, speech from Chamber proceedings
XL-031 Déclaration du Gouvernement René Viviani, A. Ribot Imprimerie des Journaux Officiels, Paris March 21, 1917 64.6 x 95.5 French government broadside, speech from Senate and Chamber
XL-032 Discours de M. Aristide Briand Aristide Briand Martinet, Imprimeur de la Chambre des Députés, Paris Nov. 3, 1915 90.4 x 112 French government broadside, extract from Chamber of Deputies proceedings
XL-033 Déclaration du Gouvernement René Viviani Imprimerie des Journaux Officiels, Paris Sept. 14, 1916 64.8 x 96 French government broadside, speech from Senate
XL-034 Discours Ribot J. Clement, Imprimeur du Sénat, Paris Dec. 24, 1915 76.5 x 112 French government broadside, speech from Senate
XL-035 Discours de M. Paul Deschanel Paul Deschanel Martinet, Imprimeur de la Chambre des Députés, Paris Dec. 22, 1914 56 x 89.9 French government broadside, speech about Allied war effort
XL-036 Discours de M. Paul Deschanel Paul Deschanel Martinet, Imprimeur de la Chambre des Députés, Paris Aug. 5, 1915 56 x 90.1 French government broadside, extract from Chamber of Deputies proceedings
XL-037 Message adressé par le Président de la République au Sénat et à la Chambre des Députés Raymond Poincaré Imprimerie des Journaux Officiels, Paris Aug. 5, 1915 64 x 95.7 French government broadside, Poincaré one-year war update
XL-038 Discours de M. Aristide Briand Aristide Briand Martinet, Imprimeur de la Chambre des Députés, Paris Sept. 19, 1916 89.5 x 113 French government broadside, extract from Chamber of Deputies proceedings
XL-039 Comité Directeur Russe Anti-Défaitiste F. Asnaourow, N. Scatchkoff, A. Khamloff Comité Directeur Russe Anti-Défaitiste/Imprimerie A. Michel, Paris 1917 75.5 x 56.3 Broadside by Russian citizens living in France advocating the war's continuation
XL-040 Ordonnance relative à la Répartition du Sucre J. Paoli, L. Hudelo Imprimerie Chaix, Paris June 8, 1917 49.8 x 64.7 French government broadside, distribution of sugar
XL-041 Déclaration des Stocks de Charbon J. Paoli, L. Hudelo, Raymond Poincaré, Maurice Viollette Imprimerie Chaix, Paris May 22, 1917 49.8 x 65 French government broadside regarding carbon supplies
XL-042 Ordonnance J. Paoli, F. Raux Préfecture de Police Feb. 6, 1918 64.6 x 89.5 French government broadside, plan in case of attack from the air
XL-043 Avis E. Laurent Préfecture de Police May 8, 1917 44.9 x 64.5 French government broadside, identity cards for foreigners
XL-044 Ordonnance J. Paoli, L. Hudel, Raymond Poincaré Préfecture de Police/Imprimerie Chaix, Paris Sept. 17, 1917 56.6 x 88 French government broadside regarding oleaginous fruits and grains
XL-046 Commémoration en France de l'Indépendance des Etats-Unis A. Autrand, J. Pams Imprimerie Chaix, Paris June 28, 1918 55.6 x 75.6 French government broadside commemorating the Fourth of July
XL-047 Journée Nationale des Tuberculeux Léon Bourgeois Le Comité Central d'Assistance aux Anciens Militaires Tuberculeux/Imprimerie Lapina, Paris 1917 79.2 x 119 Charity broadside, tuberculosis information
XL-048 La Cocarde du Souvenir M. Pourrier J. Langlois, Paris 1915 85.3 x 127 Broadside for the commemoration of dead soldiers
XL-049 Commémoration L. Chauffour, E. Teutsh, André Ostermann Le Comité de l'Effort de la France et de ses Alliés/Imprimerie I. Rirachovksy, Paris n.d. 50.2 x 64.6 1871 speech made to National Assembly regarding Alsace-Lorraine
XL-050 Journée Serbe Paul Appell Le Comité du Secours National/Imprimerie Villain, Paris June 25 76.2 x 122 Broadside commemorating Serbian contributions to the war
XL-051 Journée S. Pichon Le Papier, Paris n.d. 59.6 x 80.2 Broadside organizing assistance for colonial troops
XL-052 Le Piège La Ligue Civique/Imprimerie de Vaugirard, H.-L. Motti, Paris n.d. 62.1 x 75 Broadside advocating the continuation of the war
XL-053 Appel aux Pouvoirs publics et aux Citoyens Français La Ligue Civique/Imprimerie Coopérative, Paris n.d. 62 x 84.6 French broadside urging contributions to the war effort
XL-054 L'Union des Pères et Mères dont les Fils sont Morts pour la Patrie à tous les Français Henry Bonnet L'Union des Pères et Mères dont les Fils sont Morts pour la Patrie/Imprimerie Marcel Picard, Paris n.d. 84.6 x 130 Broadside urging France to stay in the war
XL-055 Journée Nationale des Orphelins M. Appell Le Papier, Paris Nov. 2, 1916 79.7 x 119 French broadside encouraging donations for orphaned children
XL-056 Translation aux Invalides des cendres de Rouget de L'Isle Imprimerie Marcel Picard, Paris July 14 87.2 x 122 French broadside announcing transfer of the ashes of Rouget de l'Isle to Les Invalides
XL-057 L'Agent de Liason entre les Peuples Edward Sansot/Imprimerie Marcel Picard, Paris n.d. 59.8 x 82 French broadside advertising L'Agent de Liason entre les Peuples
XL-058 La Catastrophe Louis Marlin L'Alliance Universitaire Française/Societé anonyme de l'Imprimerie des Arts et Manufactures, Paris May 18, 1919 79.2 x 122 French broadside with text of newspaper article
XL-059 Ordre du Jour de Général Joffre General Joffre Aug. 2, 1916 49.5 x 59.4 Rallying speech from Gen. Joffre
XL-063 Ordre de Mobilisation Générale Imprimerie Nationale, Paris Aug. 2, 1914 50.3 x 62.4 General Mobilization Order from France
XL-064 Bekanntmachung Freiherr von Lepel Sept. 1, 1917 72.2 x 54.5 German occupation broadside from Liege, regulations for harvest
XL-065 Ordre à la population Maréchal de France F. Foch Direction Générale des Communications et des Ravitaillements aux Armées n.d. 58.1 x 74 Allied military broadside announcing entry into German territory
XL-073 Discours de M. Ribot Ribot Martinet, Imprimeur de la Chambre des Députées, Paris April 5, 1917 88.5 x 110 French government broadside, speech from Chamber of Deputies
XL-074 Français M. Debove Ligue Nationale Contre l'Alcoolisme n.d. 59.6 x 79.2 French broadside asking citizens to sign petition against alcohol abuse
XL-078 Avis Von Graewitz Nov. 15, 1916 42.7 x 61.5 German occupation broadside regarding compulsory civilian work
XL-079 Règlementation Von Bissing Gouvernement Impérial Allemand de la Belgique n.d. 42.5 x 61.3 German occupation broadside concerning poultry in Belgium
XL-080 A Toute la Jeunesse Scolaire Clémentel, René Viviani Ministère de l'Agriculture/L. Desvignes, Paris n.d. 62.1 x 85 French government broadside encouraging students to work in agriculture
XL-085 Proclamation General Von Bissing Oct. 12, 1915 60.8 x 81.5 German occupation broadside announcing executions in Belgium, including Edith Cavell's

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