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Helen Johns Kirtland (1890-1979)

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Photographs by Kirtland

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Photographs relating to World War I and Europe -- About 700 negatives and 4,000 photographic prints, primarily by Helen Johns Kirtland (PR 13 CN 1981:339). This material is unprocessed; advance arrangements must be made to view materials. See Access to Unprocessed Materials.

Articles by Kirtland

Kirtland, Helen Johns. "American Flag on the Seven Seas." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. May 17, 1919.

-. "A New Nation Born of War." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Sept. 21, 1918.

-. "Tribute to Women War Workers." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Nov. 30, 1918.

-. "A Woman on the Battle Front." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Aug. 24, 1918.

-. "Liberty is in the Very Air in Europe. Photographs taken at the Liberty Plane assemblage plant in France." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Nov. 9, 1918.

-. "Paris Still Enjoys President Wilson." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Feb. 15, 1919.

-. "Secrets of the Camouflage Artists." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. January 25, 1919.

-. "The American Tank School in France." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Jan. 25, 1919.

-. "The Arditi Make Things Hum." Leslie's Illustrated Weekly Newspaper. Sept. 28, 1918.

-. "The Much-Discussed Embarkation Camp at Brest." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. June 21, 1919.

-. "Verdun the 'Big Show' of France." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Feb. 1, 1919.

-. "When the Sun Shines in Italy." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Sept. 28, 1918. [Includes a photo of Helen standing in a giant crater made that morning by a machine gun shell.]

-. "Winning the War From the Clouds." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Nov. 9, 1918.

Kirtland, Helen Johns, and Lucian S. Kirtland. "Days of Joy and Days of Storm in Paris." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. June 7, 1919.

- . "They Have Done Their 'Bit.'" Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Dec. 28, 1918.

-. Wasteful America Belies Its Name." Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. Dec. 28, 1918.

Bibliography - Sources That Refer to Kirtland or Include Her Work


Carlebach, Michael. American Photojournalism Comes of Age. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997, pp. 7, 89. Call number: TR820.C356 1997

Forbes, Edgar Allen. Leslie's Photographic Review of the Great War. New York: Leslie-Judge Company, 1919. Call number: D527.F65 1920.

Hoagland, Loretta, and Robert Marshall, Robert, eds. Lawrence Park: Bronxville's Turn-of-the-Century Art Colony. New York: Fordham University Press, 1992. Call number: N6535.L28 H63 1992.


"Helen Johns Kirtland Dies at 89; Was Widow of an Explorer-Author," New York Times, Oct. 3, 1979.

"Lucian S. Kirtland, Ex-War Reporter And Editor, Is Dead," New York Times, Oct. 12, 1965.

Related Resources

Helen Johns Kirtland, Register of the American Relief Administration. European Operations Records, 1919-1923. Box 864. Glass Plates, 1921. 1 plate depicting Helen Johns Kirtland. Hoover Institute. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA Online Archive of California (OAC). External link

Lucian Swift Kirtland, 3 portraits by Gertrude Kasebier. University of California-Riverside. External link

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