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Ad*Access Research Guide: Timeline

A portal into the Ad*Access digital collection that includes links to advertising categories and subcategories and historical context.

Ad*Access Timeline

The Ad*Access Timeline features a chronology of major events and interesting facts in international affairs; United States government and politics; companies, inventions, discoveries and technology; humanities and the arts; entertainment and sports ; and a miscellaneous section. The timelines mainly list events that occurred in or affected the United States to provide general context for the ads in the project, nearly all of which are from U.S. publications. Select from the list of dates below, or the arrows at the bottom of each page will guide you through the timeline.

  • 1915-1920
  • 1921-1930
  • 1931-1940
  • 1941-1945
  • 1946-1955

Research and text for Timelines by Lydia Boyd

Research and text for World War Two Timeline by Catherine Saleeby


Carruth, Gorton, ed. The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1993.

The New Encylopaedia Britannica, 15th ed. Chicago : Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1998.

Urdang, Laurence, ed. The Timetables of American History. New York: Touchstone, 1996.