April 6, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. As the largest repository of American World War I records, the National Archives holds a wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in this conflict, including photographs, documents, audiovisual recordings, educational resources, articles, blog posts, lectures, and exhibits.
In commemoration of this event, we’ve launched a World War I research portal with the goal of creating a central space for all National Archives resources and content related to World War I for use by researchers, students and educators, and those curious about the War.
The portal features records and information documenting the U.S. experience in this conflict, including newly digitized photographs, documents, audiovisual recordings, educational resources, subject guides, lectures, and more. Browse the interactive timeline that includes newly digitized motion pictures, records from battles, major events and everyday activities during the war. It leverages content from across the National Archives and Presidential Libraries, and includes links to all content areas in the Catalog, on archives.gov, and social media.
You’ll also find World War I records organized by subject and topic area. Throughout the portal you can find links to more information such as articles, blog posts, genealogy resources, and online exhibits. With 110,000 newly digitized photographs, you’re sure to find something you’ve never seen before!
Are you interested in helping make records more discoverable? We’ve created special tagging and transcription missions and challenges using World War I content for our citizen archivists. Throughout the two year commemoration, we’ll be rotating missions to focus on different aspects of World War I both on the battlefield and on the homefront. We hope you’ll join us in this special project.
Take a look! We'd love to hear your thoughts on the WWI portal. Have you found a unique photo or an interesting record? Please share with us! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.