Posters are designed to be displayed publicly to communicate a message or to advertise a product or service. Posters provide historically valuable visual evidence of developments in health care, public health outreach campaigns, and official responses to health crises.
NLM collects representative examples of historical and contemporary posters. Of particular collecting interest are posters concerning the spread of infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, AIDS, measles), smoking, alcohol and other substance abuse, preventive medicine, maternal and child health, and occupational health. Posters of any origin and language are selected. Collecting emphasis is on posters issued by professional health associations, and medical or public health organizations.