Collection of World War I Photographic Slides

Collection Summary

Title: Collection of World War I Photographic Slides
Call Number: MS 88-09
Size: 0.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Source unknown
Processed By: LTM, 8-13-1987; JEF, 2-3-1998; MN, 2-9-2010
Note: None
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

The Collection of World War I Photographic Slides contains 148 glass slide prints of American troops in World War I. These slides convey all aspects of military life of that period, from basic training in the United States to warfare in the trenches of Europe on the Western Front. These slides depict trench warfare, logistics with horse drawn carriages, railroad and truck, chemical warfare, various training exercises to get American troops ready for combat, and life of the soldier during times of quiet from the action. These slides also give us a chronological sequence of events concerning American involvement in World War I. They take us from the Declaration of War by Congress in 1917, enlistment and training of soldiers, arrival of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, more training, combat on the field and in the trenches, to Allied victory in 1918. These slides give us a valuable commentary on what “the war to end all wars” was like for the American “dough boys” in Europe. Also included are slides on biblical history, archaeology and astronomy.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1-2 World War I. Contains glass photographic slides depicting aspects of military life of American troops in World War I.
Series 2 Box 2 Other. Contains glass photographic slides concerning biblical history, archaelogy and astronomy.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ World War I

Box 1 Contains 82 photographic glass slide prints of American troops during World War I. These slides begin with Congress declaring war on Germany in 1917 and continuing with enlistment and training of soldiers to the arrival of the American Expeditionary Forces in France.
Box 2 Contains 66 photographic glass slide prints of American troops during World War I. These slides show American troops training in France and seeing action on the Western Front. The series ends showing scenes of Allied victory in 1918.

Series 2 ‒ Other

Box 2 Contains nine photographic glass slide prints regarding biblical history and archaeology.
Box 2 Contains eight photographic glass slide prints regarding the solar system.