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World War I Miscellany Collection

Identifier: MUSDP W4

Scope and Contents

Training manuals and lectures, military administrative forms, transportation documents, propaganda, pamphlets, and more. This collection contains information pertaining to the training of American soldiers, battle plans and reports, activities of Americans fighting in Europe and organizing on behalf of the war effort in the United States, and the world disarmament movement of the interwar period.


  • 1916-1934
  • bulk 1917-1920
  • 1930-1934

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Historical Note

Although European imperial powers had been fighting World War I since 1914, America did not enter the war until 1917 after years of providing large loans to Britain and France under the guise of neutrality. Americans at home established organizations such as the Council of National Defense while many American men enlisted and were sent to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces, headquartered in France, after receiving training at military camps and forts throughout the United States. The invention of poison gas, one of the many technological advancements of World War I, required specialized training in chemical warfare which the soldiers received in gas schools in both the United States and France. The horrors of trench warfare and the decimation of much of Western Europe gave rise to a large world disarmament movement in the 1920s with the aim of abolishing war. The movement culminated in the League of Nation's World Disarmament Conference of 1932-1934; however, it quickly fell apart with the rise of fascist aggressions in Europe during the mid- and late 1930s and proved to be the last intergovernmental attempt at world disarmament.


0.4 linear feet

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This collection is organized into four series.

  1. Administration and Training, approximately 1917-1925
  2. American Experiences in Europe, approximately 1916-1925
  3. World War I in America, approximately 1917-1919
  4. World Disarmament, 1925-1930s

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These documents were acquired by the E.M. Violette Museum from various donors and then transferred to the Special Collections Department of Pickler Memorial Library. If known, the donors and original museum registration numbers are documented in the finding aid. Donors include Mrs. J.T. Angus, Bracey Cornett, the Darrs, Glen H. Green, the Harrington Estate, Tolbert Holliday, Edward Howell, James Rieger, P.O. Selby, Charles G. Singley, and Frank Ward.

Processing Information

Arrangement by processing archivists.

World War I Miscellany Collection, 1916-1934, bulk 1917-1920 and 1930-1934
Finding aid prepared by Cheryl Musch and Adriana Gambach.
[date unknown, before 2019] and 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Truman State University, Pickler Memorial Library, Special Collections Manuscripts Repository