World War I: One Hundred Years Later (1914-2014)

A Centennial & Remembrance
of "The Great War"

A century ago the world witnessed the beginning of "the war to end all wars," a global conflict of unprecedented scale and devastation.

In the interests of commemorating this historic period, we have prepared this guide to educational resources for your exploration.

World War I ("The Great War") - Introductions & Overviews
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
Includes an introduction to World War I, a glossary, timeline, maps and battles, and more. From PBS.
Topics include: From the U.S. State Department.
World War I (registration required)
Students and teachers can apply for free access to this informative and attractive website, which covers World War I in a variety of ways: through essays, primary sources (e.g. the Treaty of Versailles, recruiting posters), a timeline, a glossary of terms (featuring World War I-related people, places, organizations, and events), multimedia and interactive features, resources for teachers, and more. From the The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
World War I
Topics include: Treaty of Saint-Germain, Pact of London, Treaty of Versailles, Battle of Belleau Wood, Algeciras Conference, Treaties of Rapallo, Lausanne Conference, Treaty of Neuilly, League of Nations, Gallipoli Campaign. From How Stuff Works.
World War I by the Numbers
A statistical infographic from The History Channel.

Biography in Context
Biographies and full text articles. Available to members of Thrall.
World War I Biographical Dictionary
From the World War I Document Archive.

Centennial Commemoration of the War
A 100-Year Legacy of World War I: The Great War
Select the date range options ("Before 1910", "After 1924", "Current 2014") to see how countries and national boundaries existed before and after World War I. From The New York Times.
World War I Centenary
Explore World War I through a variety of topical features, including World War I A-Z (videos from Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Zeppelin), What Happened on This Day in 1914, Joseph Lee: The Forgotten War Poet, Tragedy of Torpedoed War Ships, How World War I Changed Your World, and more. From BBC.
World War I Centenary: 100 Years, 100 Legacies
"The Wall Street Journal has selected 100 legacies from World War I that continue to shape our lives today."

Databases & Encyclopedias (available to members of Thrall)
American Decades: Primary Sources (Volume 2: 1910-1919)
Browse documents, works, and speeches of the time before and through World War I. Each primary source is embedded in an entry that includes information on its historical background and significance.
Literature Criticism Online
Includes articles and information on World War I era authors and literary works, including Rupert Brooke (famous for his 1914 sonnets), Wilfred Owen (who wrote one of the most famous war poems of all time, "Dulce et Decorum Est"), Ford Maddox Ford, Virginia Woolf, among others whose works were heavily influenced by World War I events (e.g. T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Ezra Pound, Aldous Huxley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, W. Somerset Maugham, H. G. Wells).
Historical New York Times
"Every issue in the Historical Newspapers: The New York Times database is reproduced in cover to cover full page images." Locate articles about or written during World War I.
Music Online
Listen to World War I era singers, bands, and songs.

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  • Please click here to see a sample playlist of World War I era music.

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Salem History
Explore the history of World War I and more. After logging in, you can either search for a person or topic or select the Browse option (from the top menu) to browse by topic (e.g. Military History, which includes World War I as a subtopic). There's also "Great Events from History: The Twentieth Century, 1901-1940," which lets you explore various events and developments during and after the War.
World Book Encyclopedia
Try both their new timelines (search for World War I) as well as their Research Center.

Documents, eBooks, & Records
Europeana 1914-1918: Untold Stories & Official Histories of World War I
"Explore stories, films and historical material about World War I and contribute your own family history. Europeana 1914-1918 mixes resources from libraries and archives across the globe with memories and memorabilia from families throughout Europe."
The First World War
From the UK's National Archives. Scroll down their page for a list of their online collections. Some World War I records are not yet online.
The Library of Congress: A Guide to World War I Materials
" 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."
The National Archives: World War I Records
Topics include: World War I Draft Registration Cards, World War I Dead, World War I Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimages, Sawtelle Disabled Veterans Home Case Files, and more.
Newspaper Pictorials: World War I
Search or browse by date. "The images in this collection track American sentiment about the war in Europe, week by week, before and after the United States became involved. Events of the war are detailed alongside society news and advertisements touting products of the day, creating a pictorial record of both the war effort and life at home. The collection includes an illustrated history of World War I selected from newspaper rotogravure sections that graphically documents the people, places, and events important to the war." From the Library of Congress.
Remembering World War I
"This website connects historical documents with technology in an effort to inform and educate others about New York's role during World War I." From the New York State Archives.
From Yale Law School's Avalon Project (digital texts):
President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points (January 8, 1918)
The Treaty of Versailles (June 28, 1919)
World War I Bookshelf
Numerous books/writings about or authored during World War I. eBooks (electronic books / texts) from Project Gutenberg. Some sample titles include:
A Treasury of War Poetry: British and American Poems of the World War 1914-1917
Poems of the Great War
Why We Are at War: Messages to the Congress January to April 1917 by Wilson
See also: Gutenberg's History: General and Eastern Hemisphere: World War I (1914-1918) section.
World War I Declarations
Dates of war declarations and related digitized texts / newspapers. From the Library of Congress.
World War I Document Archive
"The intention is to present in one location both primary and relevant secondary documents between 1890-1930." Includes, among many other documents and speeches, President Woodrow Wilson's:
Declaration of Neutrality (August 19, 1914)
First Warning to the Germans (February 10, 1915)
War Message to Congress (April 2, 1917)
World War I Pamphlets
Scroll down their page to explore by topic or to browse all pamphlets. Includes homeland propaganda, military campaigns, the changing role of women, and more. Their note states: "While the assembled collection spans the entire war, the publications date from 1912 - 1931 with the bulk of the materials concentrated from 1914 - 1919." From the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

For Students and Teachers
The Great War: Lesson Plans
From PBS. See also their Great War Bookshelf for a title list of suggested readings.
World War I (1914 - 1919)
Includes: Overview, Summary of Events, Key People & Terms, Summary and Analysis, Study Questions and Essay Topics, and more. From SparkNotes. See also Woodrow Wilson - World War I: 1917-1919.
United States Entry into World War I: A Documentary Chronology of World War I
Lesson plan and related questions / activities. From EDSITEment! / National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Universal Class (for members of Thrall)
After logging in and creating a free account, you can sign up for either the "World War I" or "World War I & II" course, which you can find by clicking the Course Catalog (at the top of their page) and then clicking History. These courses appear on page two of the History section.

Library Items (Books and Videos)
Books, videos, and other items in the library system catalog:

Multimedia & Online Exhibits (Photographs, Audio, Videos)
American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election
From the Library of Congress. Technical note: there are two "listen to this recording" links on each page. The RealAudio link requires the free Real Player, while the "wav" link should work in most browsers.
National World War I Museum:
Browse or search.
Online Exhibitions
Exhibits includes War Fare ("addresses an often overlooked aspect of the war: food."), Home Before the Leaves Fall (which covers Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination, the July Crisis, and start of Great War through multimedia), Harmonies of the Homefront ("how the music of the Great War era acted as a unifying force by supporting patriotic engagement with the war effort at home and rallying the troops abroad"), Road to War ("pivotal world events that led to World War I"), and World War I All-Stars ("the important role of sports in the lives of servicemen during the First World War").
Panoramic Photographs
Over 300 photos from the Library of Congress.
Photos of the Great War
From the World War I Document Archive.
World War I
Videos from The History Channel.
World War I
Audio and videos from the United Kingdom's National Archives.
World War I Images
Photographs from the New York State Archives
World War I Posters
From the Library of Congress.
YouTube: World War I Videos
World War I footage, documentaries, and more.
See also our databases.

Time Lines
Chief Events of the War Timeline: 1914-1919
From the Library of Congress.
The Great War: Timeline
From PBS. Select date ranges at the top of their pages.
Interactive WWI Timeline
From the World War I National Museum.
World War I (1914-1918)
From InfoPlease.
World War One Timeline
From BBC.
See also: World Book Encyclopedia.

Veterans, Honored Soldiers, & Casualties of the War
Experiencing War (World War I: The Great War): Stories from the Veterans History Project
From the Library of Congress.
Medal of Honor Recipients
From the U.S. Army.
Navy Medal of Honor Recipients
From the U.S. Navy.
Roll of Honor: Citizens of the State of New York Who Died While in the service of the United States During the World War
From the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center.
History of Veterans Day
Originally known as Armistice Day. From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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