Charles B. Burdick (1927-1998) grew up in San Jose, California where he attended Lincoln High School before enlisting in the United States Army during World War II. After serving in the Army, Burdick enrolled at San Jose State College in 1946. He graduated with a B.A. in History in 1949, and obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1954. He joined SJSU's History Department in 1957, and became department chair in 1976. Over the course of his distinguished career, Burdick published dozens of articles and book chapters, and wrote and edited over twenty books. His work on the history of the German High Command in World War II remains an important part of the historiography of World War II. After an association with San Jose State University that spanned forty-five years, Professor Burdick retired in 1988. He died in 1998.
The SJSU Special Collections includes two collections from Professor Burdick's papers: the Military History Collection, which contains Burdick's research files, and the War Poster Collection.
The Digital Collection
The King Library Digital collection contains a representative selection of 54 images from the War Poster Collection focusing on World War I and World War II. For additional information about using the images in this collection, please contact the SJSU Special Collections Department.
The Physical Collection
The entire physical collection housed in the SJSU Special Collections Department includes over 1,400 posters created by both the United States and foreign nations. War posters were used as propaganda to sell the war to the American public. The posters generally defined war as a struggle between good and evil, and featured the sale of liberty bonds to protect American democracy. A broad range of topics are represented in the collection, including war bonds, civilian employment, women's service in the military, food rationing, and fire prevention. The collection also includes posters documenting political subject matter from the 1930s-1970s.
For a complete description of the contents of the physical collection, see the online Finding Aid.