Treasures of Carolina: “Teamwork Builds Ships”

The first Wednesday of each month features a document or item from the State Archives considered a treasure because of its significance to the history and culture of our state or because it is rare or unique. Sometimes the featured item just illustrates a good story. The items highlighted in this blog have been taken from the exhibit, “Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives” and its companion catalog. 

The centennial of World War I ends this month, marking the 100th anniversary of the war’s end with Veteran’s Day, honored at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Among the many letters, journals, diaries, photographs, maps, booklets and pamphlets, and other materials held in the Military Collection, the State Archives preserves hundreds of posters from both world wars created by non-military agencies and organizations and some by government agencies that supported military efforts.

“Teamwork Builds Ships,” a poster drawn by William Dodge Stevens, was issued by the Emergency Fleet Corporation from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is dated 1917. It and other posters can be viewed online though the North Carolina Digital Collections.


Poster, 1917. World War I Poster Collection, Military Collection