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World War I Resources
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World War I (WWI) or First World War (called at the time the Great War) was a major war centered on Europe that began in August 1914. The United States declared war with Germany on April 6, 1917. The fighting ended November 11, 1918 with the signing of the Armistice.

Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. Other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.

I. Manuscript and Archival
  • John O. Donaldson Collection: letters written while with the Royal Air Force in England
  • Talmage Gerrald - FU student killed in WWI, correspondence 1916-1918, 1939, Certificates and Memorials
  • Thomas Carlisle Herbert - correspondence to/ from Carlisle and his mother while he served in Europe
  • Letter from Charlotte Easton to her mother, April 27, 1918, from Paris, France. (Easton was Assistant Professor of Biology, GWC 1928-1932, and Furman, 1933-1944)
  • Postcards - Camp Jackson; Camp Sevier; Camp Wadsworth; Richard D. Sawyer Historical Postcard Collection
  • Postcards - Army Division, 81st Camp Jackson, 30th Camp Sevier; Richard D. Sawyer Historical Postcard Collection
  • Postcard - from John L. Plyler to J.W. Plyler, October 15, 1919 from Camp Sevier near Taylors, S.C., John L. Plyler, Jr. Collection
  • Poster promoting liberty bonds during WWI with Wilson picture and quote, Map case
  • Poster promoting liberty bonds during WWI with sketches of 2 children wearing red, white and blue, map case
  • Poster promoting American Library Association bringing books to soldiers, Special Collections Librarianís office
  • Furman University During the World War I Period (1914-1921) - History of Furman during World War I completed by Eddie Mazgaj, History 465 Intern
  • Furman University War Casualties: A list of alumni commemorated on campus
II. Books and Published Materials
  • Our Young Aeroplane Scouts at Verdun, Horace B. Porter, 1917, Young Adult Fiction
  • Under fire: the story of a squad (Le feu), Henri Barbusse; translated by Fitzwater Wray, 1917
  • National Geographic Magazine, Nov.-Dec. 1917; contains the following articles: The Geographical and Historical Environment of America's 32 New Soldier Cities; Training the New Armies of Liberty; The Immediate Necessity for Military Highways; In Lorraine-That part of France where the first American Soldiers have fallen.
  • Martial lyrics, poems on the war for democracy, Alfred Antoine Furman, 1918
  • Militarism and statecraft, Munroe Smith, 1918
  • Heroes all!: a compendium of the names and official citations of the soldiers and citizens of the United States and of her allies who were decorated by the American government for exceptional heroism and conspicuous service above and beyond the call of duty in the war with Germany, 1917-1919, Harry R. Stringer, editor, 1919
  • Drake, Nelson and Napoleon, Sir Walter Runciman, bart, 1920
  • The league of nations, poems on the world war, Alfred Antoine Furman, 1922
  • Newton D. Baker: America at war, Frederick Palmer, 1931
  • Gallipoli 1915-1965: their name liveth for evermore, 1960
  • Over Their Dead Bodies: Yankee Epitaphs & History, Thomas C. Mann and Janet Greene, 1962
  • Greenville: the history of the city and county in the South Carolina Piedmont, Archie Vernon Huff, Jr, 1995
III. Artifacts
  • John L. Plyler, Jr. Collection - Compass belonged to John Plyler in WWI
  • Alester G. Furman III Collection - Alester G. Furman, Jr. WWI Uniform including jacket, pants, captainís hat and bayonet
  • Service Flag, Furman University 1917-1918, in memory of the 538 Furman Students who served in WWI
  • World Coin Collection: coin 08.05.084 Ė A coin minted in the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1917. The Netherlands remained neutral throughout World War I.
IV.Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • The United States in World War I, Ronald Schaffer, 1978
  • The historical atlas of World War I, Anthony Livesey, 1994
  • Encyclopedia of historical treaties and alliances, Charles L. Phillips, 2001
  • The World War I databook: the essential facts and figures for all the combatants, John Ellis, 2001
  • Rebels and renegades: a chronology of social and political dissent in the United States, Neil A. Hamilton, 2002
  • World War I: a visual encyclopedia, Simon Forty, 2002
  • World War I: encyclopedia, Cole C. Kingseed, 2005
V. Web Sites