The collection provides visual information on World War II. The pictures were taken in Europe, Japan, China, the Philippines, and the Arctic. The collection also includes National Film Board photojournalism on uranium mining for nuclear power in Canada, and other topics.
The collection consists of pictures, many of them produced under the auspices of the War Records Office of International News Agencies. The Collection contains news service photographs as well as photographs from the Canadian Armed Forces. Also included are original identifying captions that accompanied their transmission by news media wire services. Most of the photographers remain unidentified. They made their photographs while on assignment for international news agencies or the War Records Office for distribution to the news media.