Category Archives: World War I

The Salonika World War I Photo Album

WWI is an incredibly complex, often troubling subject to study. The intricate network of allies and enemies can be hard to keep track of but there is no mistaking its devastating and long lasting effects. Special Collections contains more than … Continue reading

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Alice Welford WW1 photograph album and military nursing lecture journal

Did you know that you can access some of our collections without leaving your computer? We are adding items to our digital materials archive daily. Some digital items are stand alone, while others are parts of larger collections. Today, I’m … Continue reading

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The Journal of the USS Paulding

One of our collections consists of only a journal. This journal is a small, green, cloth-bound book and it’s chock full of writing.  The USS Paulding was a destroyer active through World War 1, and this book documents her daily … Continue reading

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Love and War Part 2

Love and War introduced Lieutenant Edward Brown and his written courtship of Leila Claribel Owens. Part 1 let us peer into his mind as he poured out his love for Leila during his military service in Europe. For Part 2, we … Continue reading

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Love and War Part 1

I imagine that few people ever anticipate that their personal letters will eventually end up in a library or an archive for anyone to see. I have been processing the Edward L. Brown Archive, which consists primarily of letters between … Continue reading

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1919: Versailles and the Aftermath

Special Collections at McFarlin Library has a new exhibit about the final year of World War I. 1919: Versailles and the Aftermath explores the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the significance of the League of Nations, and what happened … Continue reading

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H.M.S. Digby -WWI Era Photographs

During World War I, armed merchant cruisers of the British navy were used as a form of protection for the larger warships. This was the case for the navy vessel H.M.S. Digby which served as a commercial liner but was … Continue reading

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J.A.C. Colston WWI diaries.

During World War I, the use of trenches was common for both sides of the fighting. The conditions in the trenches were poor, they were often dirty, wet and cold and the toilets commonly overflowed causing medical problems such as … Continue reading

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William Rider Canadian War Photographs

In World War I, there were significant battles that would change the course of the war. One of the most important was the battle of Vimy Ridge which was captured by Canadian armed forces in 1917. Vimy Ridge was essential … Continue reading

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WWI Reconnaissance Photographs

November 11th, 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I. The Great War was one of the deadliest conflicts in history due to new technologies and industrial developments, with a great deal of trench warfare. It is … Continue reading

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