George K. Withers Collection

Identifier: MSS.0793

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 10 original posters from WWII. It also contains one file folder with copies of other projects worked on by George Withers, and correspondence related to specific illustrations he completed while in the military.


  • 1943 - 1946

Biographical Note - George K. Withers

In 1911, George K. Withers was born in Wichita, Kansas. He attended Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art. He worked for several advertising agencies as a magazine and advertising illustrator. He illustrated stories for many authors including J. D. Salinger and several magazines such as Redbook, Field and Stream, Good Housekeeping, Army Talks, etc.

From 1943 to 1946, he served during World War II as a war artist, for the U.S. Army, in the European Theater of Operations, primarily in England and France. These watercolors and ink drawings were spontaneous, and documented soldiers and the people they interacted with.


2 Linear Feet (1 Flat box)

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This collection contains 10 original posters created during WWII by George Withers, a war artist for the U.S. Army in Europe. These watercolors and ink drawings were spontaneous, and documented soldiers and the people they interacted with.

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by George Withers's son, Brian Withers.

Finding Aid for the George K. Withers Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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