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World War I collection

Call Number: MS 754

Scope and Contents

The core of the material in this collection was originally assembled out of the files of the Colonel Edward M. House collection in Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. It has been added to by subsequent gifts from various donors.

The collection consists of miscellaneous printed matter, photographs, songs, reports, and a small amount of correspondence and diaries of American men, chiefly with a Yale connection, describing their war experiences. Many of the printed items are official reports by the Belgian, British, French and German governments. Also included are special issues of illustrated magazines and memoirs of the war. Of the thirty-nine war songs in the collection, twenty-eight are in English and eleven are in French. These are in the form of sheet music and contain both lyrics and piano accompaniment. Among the reports are a history of the American military government in occupied Germany, 1918-1920 by Colonel I. L. Hunt, edited by Truman Smith, and a synopsis of the history of the European Service Division of the American Expeditionary Forces by Bryan F. Peters.

Photographs and maps marked with battle plans offer detailed information on the way the war was fought. Of particular interest is a nine-volume photographic account of the war prepared by the Section Photographique de l'Armée Française, aerial photographs of French territory showing battle lines, and two photograph albums assembled by M. G. H. Nettleton. German naval operations are illustrated with printed matter, broadsides, etchings showing naval battles and naval heroes, music and memorabilia.

For posters issued by France, Germany, Great Britain and the United States, see the War Poster Collection, MS 671.


  • 1914-1983
  • Majority of material found within 1914 - 1919

Language of Materials

The material is in English, French, German, and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the printed material was transferred from the Edward House Papers. Other material has either been the gift of various donors or transferred from other collections.


Arranged in two series and nine additions: I. Reports, Memoranda, and Printed Matter, 1914-1922. II. Personal Papers, 1914-1983.

Related Material

Edward M. House Papers, MS 466. Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University.


13.5 Linear Feet (20 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


An artificial collection of printed material, photographs, songs, reports, correspondence, diaries, and miscellanea of United States men, many with a Yale University connection, relating to World War I, 1914-1919.

Guide to the World War I Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Ruth Gay and staff of Manuscripts and Archives
August 1976
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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