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War Advertising Committee for Houston and Harris County

Identifier: RG F 0003

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 2 oversized scrapbooks with full-page advertisments and news clippings of activities promoting the War Advertising Committee's efforts to raise funds during World War II. There are also a few store window color posters and memos in the scrapbooks and a box of photo prints of a selection of the advertisments.


  • September 1943-January 1946

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the War Advertising Committee for Houston and Harris County Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The War Advertising Committee was created by the Advertising Association of Houston, Inc. at the outbreak of World War II. The Committee coordinated cooperative advertising and publicity campaigns to fundraise for the war. They were supported by local newspapers including the Houston Chronicle, Post, Press and Houston Shopping News. The Committee supported War loan drives, scrap metal and paper recycling drives, fundraising events like boxing matches, parades, movies and fairs, and encouraged women to join the WAVES. The group originally officed in the Second National Bank building, then moved to the Kirby Building. Several local business leaders, especially those from major retail stores and advertising firms, were involved in the Committee’s efforts. The officers were Robert W. Dundas- Chairman, W. R. Laughlin-Vice-Chairman, J. Hank Grant- Secretary, and William S. Patton-Treasurer.


2.25 Linear Feet (2 oversized scrapbooks and 1 photo box)

Language of Materials


Ginger Berni
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
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