Biographical/historical: The USO (United Service Organizations, Inc.) was formed in 1941, its purpose being "to aid in the war and defense program of the United States and its Allies by serving the religious, spiritual, welfare, and educational needs of the men and women in the armed forces and the war and defense industries..., and in general, to contribute to the maintenance of morale in American communities and elsewhere." (USO Constitution and By-Laws)
During its initial years of operation (1941-1947) the Camp Shows brought entertainment to United States and Allied service men overseas, at home, in hospitals, and in occupied territories. Theater productions as well as entertainment featuring Hollywood personalities and novelty performers entertained servicemen all over the world.
Content: The USO Camp Show Publicity Records consist of reports, clippings, posters and photographs for the years 1941 through 1955.
The records deal solely with the USO entertainment effort during World War II and Korea, as well as the USO entertainment effort in the veterans' hospitals during and after the war.