Yale University Libraries and Collections


Archival and Manuscript Material
See the Tools for Discovering Primary Sources page for tips on locating archival and manuscript material. In Orbis, use the “More Limits” function to restrict your search to “Archives and Manuscripts” as the Item Type and then do a Keyword search for “World War, 1914-1918”. The results of this search include nearly 200 collections of personal papers, printed material, photographs, songs, reports, correspondence, diaries, and miscellanea. A small number of manuscript items have been digitized for this project; see under Prints below for instructions on locating them.

Books and Pamphlets
> See the Searching Tips for Orbis.
> A sample set of WWI pamphlets have been digitized for this project.

Government Documents
Use Orbis or consult the Government Documents & Information Center website.

A selection of WWI-related maps from the Yale Map Collection have been digitized for this project. See the Online Maps: Maps Related to WWI section of the Map Collection website for links to these maps. Visit the Map Collection to identify more.

A selection of historical sound recordings and sheet music will be made available online as part of this project.

See the World War I War Posters Collection database to search for posters at Manuscripts and Archives in Sterling Memorial Library. More than 100 of these posters have been digitized and will soon be linked to the poster collection database. In the meantime, search for war poster in the Manuscripts and Archives MADID image database to see some samples. Additional posters are available at the following websites:


A selection of WWI-related prints at the Yale Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art have been digitized for this project. Search for Collections Collaborative WW1 in the Yale Digital Library Cross Collection Search to see these items. Visit the Art Gallery and Center for British Art to identify additional items.