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
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.