The Committee on Public Information was established on the 13th April 1917 and operated until its abolition on 21st August 1921. Its official functions were to:
- Release government news during the First World War
- Sustain Morale
- Administer 'voluntary press censorship'
- Blakey, George T: Historians on the Homefront: American Propagandists for the Great War. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky (1970), ISBN 0-8131-1236-2.
- Creel, George (1947). Rebel at Large: Recollections of Fifty Crowded Years. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.
- George Creel: How We Advertised America: The First Telling of the Amazing Story of the Committee on Public Information That Carried the Gospel of Americanism to Every Corner of the Globe, Harper and Brothers, 1920.
- James Robert Mock and Cedric Larson, Words that won the war; the story of the Committee on Public Information, 1917-1919, Princeton, 1939.
- Bruce Pinkleton 'The Campaign of the Committee on Public Information: Its Contributions to the History and Evolution of Public Relations', Journal of Public Relations Research, Vol. 6, 1994.
- Stephen Vaughn Holding Fast the Inner Lines: Democracy, Nationalism, and the Committee on Public Information (Supplementary volumes to the Papers of Woodrow Wilson), Univ of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 1980