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Armed Services Edition books

 Collection
Identifier: Coll 481

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection includes small, paperback copies of Armed Services Edition books. The collection also includes a notable example of some uncut ASEs. This artifact demonstrates the economical printing method employed for the series, where 4 books are printed, stapled, and bound as a single unit, but this item never received the final trim to separate the individual books.

The collection also includes some periodicals printed and distributed specifically to members of the United States military during WWII, such as the Newsweek Pony Edition. These periodicals also demonstrate a more compact size and typographic layout compared to their correlative original publication, like the ASEs. Finally, the collection contains some photocopies and clippings of historical information and articles on the Armed Services Edition books.

Dates

  • 1943-1946

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Armed Service Edition books (ASEs) were produced during World War II by the Council on Books in Wartime. ASEs were compact versions of books in a variety of genres distributed freely for use by members of the military for entertainment and education. They were inexpensively produced, printed in multiples on magazine and digest printers, and intended to be ephemeral. Due to the type of printing press used, the books were most often bound on the short side of the text block, rather than a long side binding more commonly used for paperbacks. A full collection of all 1,322 titles of the series is held by the Library of Congress.

Extent

6 linear feet (4 containers ) : 3 record storage boxes, 1 flat box

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Armed Service Edition books (ASEs) were produced during World War II by the Council on Books in Wartime. The majority of the collection includes small, paperback copies of Armed Services Edition books and periodicals published between 1943-1946.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alexa Goff in 2017.
Title
Guide to the Armed Services Edition books
Status
Complete Description
Author
Alexa Goff
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA