Category Archives: World War I

A Day in the Life: June 1

Here’s a slice of life from June 1st over the last 170 some-odd years, representing a cross-section of materials from the digital archive — from the serious to the silly, the magical to the mundane.

New and Notable in Acumen, Fall ’14 – Spring ’15

A lot has come through the digitization pipeline in the last six months or so. Here are some highlights. Diaries Martha Jane Coleman Banks commonplace book Contains diary entries, miscellaneous writings (some appear to be school related), newspaper clippings, recipes, and … Continue reading

African-American Soldier Portraits

Right now, in the Pearce Foyer of Gorgas Library (2nd floor, Quad side), you’ll find a pretty cool exhibit: Highlighting the collections of Rev. Wylheme Ragland of Decatur, Alabama,  A North Alabama Clergyman’s Passion for History: Preserving Black History through Words and … Continue reading

WWI: Month One

At the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, let’s look at some items from Acumen that reflect the events of the war’s earliest days. July 28 — Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, following the assassination of Archduke Franz … Continue reading

Symbols of liberty

The Wade Hall Sheet Music collection features a great deal of music from the first two decades of the 20th century, especially music related to World War I. Maybe because America took so long to enter the war, it seems … Continue reading

Please Write Soon

We often think of Valentine’s Day when we think of February, but that month can be hard for people separated from their loved ones. Whether at home or abroad, soldiers have always found it difficult to be days, weeks, months … Continue reading

Veterans Day and the World War I armistice

The United States has recognized November 11 as Veterans Day since 1954. But we’ve been observing this date even longer — since 1919, in fact, when it was known as Armistice Day. November 11 marks the anniversary of the WWI … Continue reading

Theodore Roosevelt Letters

Theodore Roosevelt passed away on this date in 1919. Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States, serving from 1901-1909. In our William Crawford Gorgas collection, we have several letters from President Roosevelt, including some written while he was … Continue reading

Valentine J. Oldshue Papers

Today is Veterans Day, a day in which we honor our military veterans. This day began in 1919 as Armistice Day, a day to commemorate the yearly anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1954, the day was … Continue reading