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Guide: World War I Resources

General Sources
Maps
Statistics
United States Military


General Resources

Online:

Photos of the Great War: World War I Image Archive. WWI/WWW Project.
This is a great site which currently has 1844 images from the war divided into subjects such as troops and the war at sea.


Versailles Treaty.
This site contains the complete text of the Treaty.


BBC World War One Records.
This site contains links to several analyses of WWI and gives a good overview of the issues of said war. It also includes links to material for WWII and the Cold War.


The First World War Poetry Digital Archive.
This site does contain poetry written by soldiers and others on the front during WWI. However there is also an online archive of audio files and film clips from WWI within this site. It also includes a link to the Great War Archive that is part of the site.


American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election.
This site contains sound recordings of American leaders from 1918-1920. These speeches focus on issues and events from WWI.


The Heritage of the Great War
Warning! This site is extremely graphic. This site contains images from WWI that are very graphic in nature.


Databases:

ProQuest Congressional
Indexes Congressional documents and hearings from 1789 through the present.


America: History and Life
This index focuses on the history of the United States and Canada from the pre-historic period to the present. It indexes about 2,000 journals.


Historical Abstracts
This index focuses on world history (excluding the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present. It indexes 2,000 journals.


Historical Newspapers Online
This database indexes the New York Times from 1851 to 1922 and The Times (London) from 1790 to 1980. Remember to use other search terms when searching for World War I in historic documents. Try using the terms Great War or European War.


Periodicals Index Online
This is an electronic index of many journals in the humanities and social sciences from their first issues through 1990/91. It includes an entry for every article and book review listed in the issues table of contents.


House of Common Parliamentary Papers
This Database contains all documents that were discussed in the House of Commons from 1715 to present.


World War 1: Primary Documents on Events from 1914 to 1919.
This is an electronic book that is available through EBSCO.


European Powers in the First World War: an Encyclopedia. Ed. Spencer C. Tucker. New York: Garland, 1996.
This volume has over 600 entries on various aspects of the war such as causes, major battles, and weapons.


Herwig, Holger H. Biographical Dictionary of World War One. London: Greenwood, 1982.
It contains brief biographies of the major figures of the war, both political and military. After each entry there are suggestions for further reading.


Livsey, Anthony. The Historical Atlas of World War I. New York: Henry Holt, 1994.
The atlas has detailed color maps accompanied by brief articles. It is divided chronologically.


Keegan, John. The First World War. New York: Alfred Knopf,1999.
This book is another good general history of the war.


United States in the First World War: an Encyclopedia. Ed., Anne Cipriano Venzon. New York: Garland, 1995.
This volume focuses on domestic issues, such as civil rights, industrial mobilization, and the peace movement, as well as military aspects. The emphasis is US participation in the war. This volume is a companion to the European Powers in the First World War.


Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States. Washington D.C.:GPO,[date].
These volumes contain documents relating to the diplomatic activity of the United States. There are several volumes for the war years.


Wilson, Woodrow. President Wilson's Foreign Policy: Messages, Addresses and Papers.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1918
This is a collection of the papers of Woodrow Wilson, who was U.S. President during World War I.


Wilson, Woodrow. President Wilson's State Papers and Addresses. New York: Doran, 1918
These volumes contain the papers of Woodrow Wilson, who was U.S. President during World War I.


Diplomatic Documents relating to the Outbreak of the European War. Online. In Print. Ed. James Brown Scott. New York: Oxford University Press, 1916.
The first volume contains the Austro- Hungarian Red Book, the Belgian Grey Book, the French Yellow Book, and excerpts from the British Blue Book. The second volume contains the books of Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, and Serbia.


British Documents on Foreign Affairs:Report and Papers from the Foreign Office Confidential Print. Fredrick, MD: University Publications of America, [year].
JX632.B7 [date] IUB Wells Library, Research Collections
This large set is similar to the Foreign Relations Papers of the United States. There are various series, depending on tim e frame, but all have the same base call number.


Official German Documents relating to the World War. Online. In Print. New York: Oxford, 1923
This 2 volume set contains the reports of the committees established by the German National Constituent Assembly to study the war. The reports were translated by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918. 12 vols. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, Ltd., 1921-1941
These volumes cover all aspects of Australian involvement in the various theaters of the war and the different branches of the Australian military. The final volume is a photographic history of the war.


For further research you may want to use the following call numbers:

Call Numbers

LC

D501 - D680 World War I.

D529 - D578 Campaigns.

D580 - D589 Naval Operations.

D635 Economics


SUDOC

D114. Center of Military History

D221. Naval Historical Center

W85.1 - W85.5 Training Camp Activities Commission

W87.1 - W87.27 Air Service

W90.1 - 90.4 Tank Corps

W88.1 - W88.4 Motortransport Corps

W95.1 - W95.25 American Expeditionary Forces

Wt1. - Wt5. Wartrade Board


Searching the Catalog

For a subject search, look under European War, 1914-1918 as well as World War, 1914-1919.


MAPS

Gilbert, Martin. Atlas of World War I. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.


____________. The Routledge Atlas of the First World War. London: Routledge, 1994.


Livesey, Anthony. The Historical Atlas of World War I. New York: Henry Holt, 1994.
The atlas has detailed color maps accompanied by brief articles. It is divided chronologically.


Trenches on the Web. Map Room.
This site contains several maps, mainly of the Western Front. A few of the maps are zoomable.


STATISTICS

Clark, John Maurice. The Costs if the World War to the American People. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1931.


Kohn, Stanislas and Baron Alexander F. Meyndorff. The Cost of the World War to Russia. The Vital Statistics of European Russia During the World War, 1914 - 1917.  Social Cost of the War.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1932


Medical History of WWI. Medical Statistics.
Statistics on disease, injuries, and battle casualties.


Mitchell, Wesley Clark. History of Prices during the War: Summary. Washington: GPO, 1919.


United States. Surgeon-General's Office. Medical and Casualty Statistics: Based on the Medical Records of the United States Army, April 1, 1917, to December 31, 1919, inclusive. Washington: GPO, 1925.


UNITED STATES MILITARY

United States Army in the World War 1917 - 1919.
These volumes examine the organization of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), its training, and military operations.


Navy and Naval History.
This site contains information on battleships and battles from WWI. This includes casualty lists from all countries that participated in the war.


The Stars and Stripes
This site contains all the WWI editions of the Stars and Stripes newspaper, which is a US military newspaper.


Maps of World War I. United States Military Academy.
This site contains many maps, including war plans and the major battles of the Western Front. It also includes maps of the Italian, Eastern, and Balkans Fronts, as well as operations in Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, and Mesopotamia.


United States. War Department. General Staff. The War with Germany: a Statistical Summary. Washington: GPO, 1919.


U.S. War Department. Conventional Signs United States Army Maps with Supplement containing changes nos. 1 and 2. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1918.


Army Lineage Series.

These volumes are a good source for very brief histories of the various parts of the army. The lineages also list battle participation and decorations.


Mauer, Mauer. The U.S. Air Service in World War I.  Maxwell AFB,AL; Albert, F. Simpson Historical Research Center, 1976 - 1979.
The first volume contains the Final Report of the Chief of Air Services and the tactical histories.  The focus of the second volume is Air Service programs, the Aviation section, and combat.


Budreau, Lisa M. Answering the Call: The U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1917 - 1919: A Commemorative Tribute to Military Nursing in World War I. Washington D.C.: Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army, Borden Institute, Walter Reed Army Medical Center 2008.



last updated: 6/20/2013