by Kenneth Drexler, Digital Reference Specialist
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain
a wide variety of material related to World War I, including
photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music, and
sound recordings. This guide compiles links to World War I
resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In
addition, this guide provides links to external Web sites
focusing on World War I and a bibliography containing selections
for both general and younger readers.
Library of Congress Web Site | External
Web Sites | Selected Bibliography
Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920
The Nation's Forum Collection from the Motion Picture,
Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division consists of
fifty-nine sound recordings of speeches by American leaders
at the turn of the century. The speeches focus on issues
and events surrounding the First World War and the subsequent
presidential election of 1920.
Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project,
1936 - 1940
These life histories were written by staff of the Folklore
Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works
Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from
1936-1940. The Library of Congress Manuscript Division
collection includes 2,900 documents representing the work
of over 300 writers from 24 states. Search
on the phrase "World War" in order to locate
life histories that mention World War I.
American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
The Historic American Sheet Music collection presents
3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book,
Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University,
including a large selection of songs from World
Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures, 1914-1919
This collection displays the variety and diversity of
Sunday pictorial sections published in two prominent U.S.
newspapers: the New York Times
and New York Tribune. It also
includes a book, The War of the Nations:
Portfolio in Rotogravure Etchings.
The images in the collection document events of
World War I and popular American culture of that era.
Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World
War I, 1918-1919
This collection presents the complete seventy-one-week
run of the World War I edition of the newspaper The
Stars and Stripes. Published in France by the United
States Army from February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919, the
eight-page weekly featured news, poetry, cartoons, and
sports coverage, with a staff that included journalists
Alexander Woollcott, Harold Wallace Ross and Grantland
Rice. Written by and for the American soldiers at the
war front, the paper offers a unique perspective from
which to examine the wartime experience.
Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film
This collection features 104 films that record events
in Theodore Roosevelt's life from the Spanish-American
War in 1898 to his death in 1919. Contains films of Roosevelt
performing various public functions in support of the
war effort during World
War I. Also, includes a film of Roosevelt's
sons' regiments in France during the war.
Back in Time: U.S. Entered World War I, April 6, 1917.
Back in Time: American Forces under General Pershing Launched
First Major Offensive in WWI, September 12, 1918.
Jump Back in Time: The Paris Peace Conference, January 18, 1919
Jump Back in Time: World War I Ended With the Treaty of
Versailles, June 28, 1919.
This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find newspaper articles about World War I.
A selection of articles on World War I includes:
- "Heir to the Austrian Throne Assassinated," New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]), June 29, 1914
- "Liner Lusitania Sunk by a German Submarine," Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]), May 07, 1915
- "U.S. Officially at War," The Daily Missourian. (Columbia, Mo.), April 06, 1917
- "Germany Has Surrendered; World War Ended at 6 A.M.," New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]), November 11, 1918
- "War Officially Ends," The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]), June 28, 1919
In addition, the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room has created a series of topics guides to the newspapers included in Chronicling America, including a number of guides related to World War I.
Treasures of the Library of Congress - World War I
This exhibition highlights material available at the
Library of Congress related to
World War I, including photographs, posters, newspapers,
and original documents.
the Home Front and the Front Lines
This exhibition consists of original materials and oral
histories drawn from the Veterans History Project collections
at the Library of Congress, including World War I.
Search the Library of Congress Online Catalog using the phrase World War 1914 1918 to locate digitized books related to World War I that were published before 1923.
War I: An Annotated Bibliography of Books in the Main Reading
Room Reference Collection and World War I Military Newspapers
in the General and Microform Collections
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the phrase World
War 1914 1918 to find additional images from
World War I such as photographs, prints, cartoons and
Memory Timeline: U.S. Participation in the Great War (World
Contains a short essay on U.S. involvement in World War
I and links to related documents found within American
the Homefront: America During World War I and World War
This activity showcases a sampling of American Memory
resources that illustrate homefront contributions during
World War I and World War II.
World War I: What Are We Fighting For Over There?
A lesson plan designed for grades 10 through 12, in which
students create World War I era newspapers with different
perspectives on American involvement in the war.
Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sofia were
assassinated in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, setting off
a chain of events that would culminate in a world war
On May 7, 1915, a German submarine sank the British ocean
liner Lusitania, drowning
The United States formally declared war against Germany
and entered the conflict in Europe on April 6, 1917.
On September 12, 1918, the American Expeditionary Forces
under commander in chief General John J. Pershing launched
their first major offensive in Europe as an independent
The Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with
Germany at Rethondes, France on November 11, 1918, bringing
World War I to a close.
On July 28, 1932, the protesters known as the "Bonus
Army" gathered in the nation's capital to demand
immediate payment of benefits for their military service
during World War I.
John J. Pershing, military commander whose brilliant
career earned him the title General of the Armies of the
United States, died on July 15, 1948. General Pershing
was the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces
to Europe in World War I.
History Project Home Page
The Veterans History Project collects and preserves stories
of wartime service from World
War I to the present. This site provides information
about how to participate in the project, a database of
participating veterans, and digitized materials from the
collection. It also contains a selected
bibliography of print and online resources related
to World War I.
War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century
This PBS site on World War I contains a timeline, glossary,
maps, educational resources, and commentary from historians.
Resources: World War I
A compilation of resources on World War I from the National
Archives and Records Administration, including links to
Bookshelves: World War I
The U.S. Army Center of Military History provides the
full-text of online books related to American involvement
in World War I.
and Conflicts: World War One
This BBC site contains a wide variety of material on
World War I, including a timeline, essays, films, audio,
World War I Document Archive
An archive of primary source documents from World War
I compiled by volunteers of the World War I Military History
Eisenhower, John S.D., and Joanne Thompson Eisenhower.
Yanks: The Epic Story of the American
Army in World War I. New York: Free Press, 2001.
Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern
Memory. New York: Oxford University Press, 1975.
Gilbert, Martin. The First World War:
A Complete History. New York: H. Holt, 1994. [Catalog
Keegan, John. The First World War.
New York: A. Knopf; Distributed by Random House, 1999. [Catalog
Strachan, Hew. The First World War.
New York: Viking, 2004. [Catalog
Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim. The Guns
of August. New York: Macmillan, 1962. [Catalog
Adams, Simon. World War I.
Rev. ed. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2004. [Catalog
Clare, John D., ed. First World War.
San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1995. [Catalog
Dolan, Edward F. America in World
War I. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press, 1996.
Kent, Zachary. World War I: The War
to End Wars. Hillside, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, 1994.