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University of Chicago. World War I Ephemera. Collection
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Special Collections Research Center
This collection contains memoranda, correspondence, certificates, reports, and records pertaining to the University's activities during World War I. Materials in this collection date from 1917 to1922, with the bulk of the material dating to 1917.
The collection is open for research.
When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: University of Chicago. World War I Ephemera. Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
From 1917 to 1919, the University of Chicago was extensively involved in wartime activities. Throughout World War I, the University offered the United States government use of its laboratories and many members of the of the Board of Trustees and the faculty engaged in a variety of war work outside the University.
Prior to the United State's official declaration of war, a Reserve Officer Training Corp was established and the Committee on Plans and Organization of Military Resources was created to prepare the University for wartime. The Committee was active during the onset of World War I, but as the war progressed, more specialized committees were created to fulfill the needs of the University. In time, ten committees were formed: Intelligence; Military Training; Medical Work and Training; Quartermaster and Ordinance Service Training; Publicity; Relief and Social Work; Woman's War Aid; and Women Student Activities.
This collection primarily consists of ephemera produced during World War I by The University of Chicago. The material dates from 1917 to 1922, with the bulk of the material dating to 1917. Of note are two scrapbooks pertaining to the Committee on Plans and Organization of Military Resources. They contain minutes of meetings, correspondence, memoranda and other documents.
The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:
The following related resources are located in the Special Collections Research Center:
University of Chicago Office of the Registrar World War I Service Records 1917-1919
|Box 1 Folder 1|
General Documents, 1917, undated
|Box 1 Folder 2|
|Box 1 Folder 3|
The University of Chicago War Service Appendix, undated
|Box 1 Folder 4|
The University of Chicago and World War I: A Historical Resume, undated
|Box 1 Folder 5|
"In Memory of Members of the University of Chicago Fallen in the War," 1918
|Box 1 Folder 6|
The Students Army Training Award, 1922
|Box 1 Folder 7|
Committee on Plans and Organization of Military Resources, Vol 1 "War Records," 1917
|Box 1 Folder 8|
Committee on Plans and Organization of Military Resources, Vol 2 "Honorary List," 1917