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Council of National Defense Collection.


Council of National Defense Collection.


Historical Note

The Council of National Defense was created in 1916 to coordinate the U.S. war effort during World War I. Members consisted of the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, and the Secretary of Labor, along with a nonpartisan advisory board appointed by the President. In 1917, the Council advised states to create their own Councils of Defense. Some states also appointed separate Councils for women and African Americans. The Council was disbanded in 1921.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of publications released by the Council, including bulletins, circulars,and general letters, as well as specialized publications on topics such as war bonds and wartime cooking.

Table Of Contents

All titles are cataloged and available through the University's online catalog and can be browsed under the author heading Council of National Defense Collection (University of Missouri–Columbia. Libraries).


The University of Missouri Libraries do not hold copyright on most collection materials, and therefore we do not charge usage fees or require permission to publish scanned images. The libraries encourage use of reproductions of Special Collections materials in publications, broadcasts, public displays and on web pages. However, please be aware that the user is responsible for determining copyright status and applying for permission to copyright holders.

Access Rights

Materials do not circulate but are available to users in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment.