Remembrance: World War I in the Archive

In honor of Veterans’ Day, November 11, a guide to archival research about World War I is now available.  This guide features an overview of collections at University Archives and the WU Libraries that document St. Louis and Washington University historical connections to the Great War (World War I ).


The guide is designed to help researchers, students, and casual scholars locate the many diverse sources available from University Archives, and the WU Libraries’ collections.   Many topics are covered in the guide, include homefront activities in St. Louis, military involvement in Europe, Red Cross programs, and the 1918 Influenza pandemic.



Daniel Bartlett in uniform. Bartlett joined the ROTC in 1917, his junior year at Washington University. From the Dan Bartlett Collection, University Archives.

Additional archival and library resources will be added to the guide in the coming years, especially as the centennial of the war’s commencement is recognized in 2014.



Dunker Hall, named in honor of Charles H. Dunker (B.A. 1914) who was killed while serving in France during World War I.

For additional resources about commemorating the war, see:

Missouri Over There: Exploring Missouri’s Role in World War 1

Dan Bartlett Collection, University Archives.

Danforth Campus Tour, Dunker Hall.

About the author

Miranda Rectenwald is Curator of Local History, Washington University Special Collections. More info.