WWI

A New Exhibit and Colloquium on Guillaume Apollinaire

By Rose Miyatsu on November 6, 2018

Friday, November 9, marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. To commemorate this occasion, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures will be hosting a colloquium and exhibit in John M. Olin Library. The colloquium, titled “Apollinaire, Amou...

WWI Collections: Wartime Recipes from the Gellhorn Papers

By Rose Miyatsu on September 4, 2018

Looking for some new and unusual recipes to try this fall? You might find some unexpected inspiration in Washington University Archives’ WWI collections. Edna Gellhorn, a civic leader, reformer, and St. Louis native, was very involved in in the Women’s Central Committee on Food Conser...

WWI Archives: Washington University’s War Contribution

By Rose Miyatsu on August 6, 2018

In early May of 1917, over 100 students from Washington University were already preparing to leave their campus behind to serve the war effort in France. A program printed around this time, preserved in the Washington University Archives’ W. Roy Mackenzie Papers, lists the University’...

WWI Archives: Edna Gellhorn and Food Conservation

By Rose Miyatsu on July 11, 2018

During WWI, America sent nearly two million people overseas to fight in Europe, but the war also had a tremendous impact on the lives of those who stayed behind in the United States. The Washington University Archives’ Edna Gellhorn Papers highlight some of the ways everyday life was altere...

WWI Collections: The Roy Mackenzie Papers

By Rose Miyatsu on June 6, 2018

Sometimes faculty papers can hold hidden gems. W. Roy Mackenzie was a professor in the Washington University in the Department of English for 42 years beginning in 1918 and was considered by many to be the greatest authority on Shakespeare in America, but his papers hold more than just academic w...

WWI Collections: The Washington University Memorial Association

By Rose Miyatsu on May 8, 2018

In 1919, after WWI had officially ended and troops had returned home, Washington University in St Louis decided to create a Memorial Association to document and record the University’s involvement in the war effort and of honor students, faculty, and graduates of the university who had served, an...

WWI Collections: Dan Bartlett

By Rose Miyatsu on April 4, 2018

Lieutenant Dan Bartlett When America entered WWI a century ago, many alumni and even current students at Washington University in St Louis joined the fight. Dan Bartlett was one such student. Bartlett joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1917 when he was still a junior at Washington Unive...

Washington University Women During WWI

By Rose Miyatsu on March 5, 2018

In honor of Women’s History Month, we would like to honor the women of St. Louis, and particularly of Washington University, who aided in the war effort during WWI. Recording Women’s War Efforts Although women were not allowed to engage in combat at the beginning of the century, there...

WWI Collections: Arthur Proetz

By Rose Miyatsu on February 19, 2018

Two weeks after the United States declared war on Germany in April of 1917, Dr. Fred Murphy of Washington University in St Louis Medical School got a call from the Surgeon General asking how soon he could have a hospital unit ready to go to Europe. Within a few weeks, Base Hospital 21, which had ...

Documenting WWI: The Harlem Hellfighters in Men of Bronze

By Rose Miyatsu on December 12, 2017

As we continue to highlight collections related to America’s entry into WWI a century ago, we cannot neglect the seldom-told story of the African American regiment that fought on the front lines in France during the war. Known officially as the 369th combat regiment, these men from New York were ...