A selection of items depicting what life was like for Maryland residents during World War II, including pamphlets, programs, advertisements, ration books, and other artifacts.
Collection Location: Maryland Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center.
Collection Overview: World War II had a profound impact on the daily lives of Marylanders. On the home front, state residents contributed to the war effort in a variety of ways, including producing military equipment and other vital goods at factories and shipyards, growing “victory” gardens, and participating in civic organizations. Citizens were urged to be vigilant and prepared for enemy attack, prompting thousands to volunteer to serve in local civilian defense corps as air raid wardens, auxiliary firemen, messengers, nurses’ aides, etc. Increased demand and reduced availability of many products resulted in a renewed emphasis on conservation. Many essential food items and household goods were rationed by the U.S. government, such as rubber, milk, coffee, sugar, and meat.
The items in this collection provide a glimpse of what life was like for Maryland residents during the war. The collection includes pamphlets, programs, advertisements, ration books, and other artifacts.
A list of other World War II in Maryland primary source materials available at the Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center can be found here.
Collection overview prepared by Michael Scott, Digitization Supervisor / MDCH Coordinator.