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The collection includes clippings from American newspapers in English, French, and German, collected by the British Library of Information in New York City. The clippings focus on American sentiment towards Great Britain and the British Empire in 1920-1921.
The British Library of Information was a branch of the British Foreign Office News Department created in 1919 to improve relations between the United States and Great Britain. This was done in two ways: firstly, by dispensing officially approved information about Britain’s domestic, imperial, and foreign affairs through the Library’s reading room; and secondly, by monitoring American public opinion through newspaper clippings, which were collected and sent to the Foreign Office. The Library proved to be an adequate dispensary and collector of information for the Foreign Office during peacetime, but with the onset of World War II, it could no longer meet the goals or demands of wartime foreign policy. Consequently, it was absorbed into the larger British Information Services in 1942. Further information on the British Library of Information can be found in David Lincove’s article, “The British Library of Information in New York: A Tool of British Foreign Policy, 1919-1942.” Lincove, David A. "The British Library of Information in New York: A Tool of British Foreign Policy, 1919-1942." Libraries & the Cultural Record 46.2 (2011): 156-84. Web.
1 manuscript box (0.4 linear feet)
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Collection is open for research.