Summer of the Archives Series

Have you ever scrolled through the many items in the North Carolina Digital Collections and discovered a hidden treasure? Each week this summer we will highlight an item from our collection in the hopes of inspiring you to discover new-to-you materials in our digital collections.

Chemical waChemical_Warfare_Agentsrfare was a pressing concern during the Second World War after its extensive use in the Great War. The U.S. Office of Civilian Defense provided a handy guide to identify various chemicals that could be used in such an attack on the home front. Though never needed, this guide provides insight into the fears and level of preparedness the United States experienced and promulgated.

More information about North Carolina’s contributions to World War II and the use of Civilian Defense can be found on NCpedia and more World War II posters and maps can be found in the North Carolina Digital Collections.