Yale University Libraries and Collections


World War I: Documenting the First Total War of the 20th Century is a project of the Yale Collections Collaborative initiative. Its goals are 1) to select and digitize a range of pamphlets, broadsides, posters, prints, and sound recordings that provide primary source documentation of the impact of the Great War, as a prototype for improving description of and access to non-standard published materials, and 2) to develop a research portal for facilitating access to World War I materials at Yale.

Materials related to World War I are scattered among Yale's 22 libraries as well as the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale Art Gallery, and the Peabody Museum of Natural History. See the Libraries A-Z and Overview of Yale Special Collections pages for locations and hours. Core locations for WWI material at Yale include:

  • Sterling Memorial Library (SML) & Bass Library
    Yale's central libraries for the humanities
    You are likely to find: books, pamphlets, and periodicals
  • Manuscripts & Archives
    located in Sterling Memorial Library.
    You are likely to find: original format manuscript and archival sources
  • Seeley G. Mudd Library
    A high-density, storage library that contains collections from other Yale libraries which have become too crowded to house their entire collections.
    You are likely to find: books and pamphlets
  • Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
    Yale's principal repository for literary papers and for early manuscripts and rare books in the fields of literature, theology, history, and the natural sciences.
    You are likely to find: books, pamphlets, manuscripts, periodicals, archival materials
  • Yale Center for British Art
    YCBA focuses on British life and culture.
    You are likely to find: paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, rare books, manuscripts, pamphlets
  • Yale Art Gallery
    You are likely to find: paintings, prints, drawings

See the General Searching Tips page for information on how to locate materials in Yale's collections.