1914: Then Came Armageddon
August 11 – December 30, 2014
Department of Special Collections
976 Memorial Library
728 State Street
A documentary exhibit about World War I, especially on the western front, in observance of the centenary of its onset. Guest exhibit co-curators Eric O’Connor and Skye Doney draw upon very strong holdings of books, printed ephemera, letters, postcards, and other unpublished materials in campus libraries and archives to illustrate the months leading up to the beginning of war in Europe in 1914, prosecution of the war itself, life on the home front, creative works inspired by the war, and the eventual entry of the United States into the “war to end all wars.”
Related exhibits are scheduled for other campus library venues during fall semester.
Among the collections to be showcased is the Andrew Laurie Stangel Collection in the Department of Special Collections, full of rich imagery concerning German wartime propaganda. We call your attention in the meantime to more than 200 picture postcards from the Stangel Collection expertly digitized by the UW Digital Collections Center — “The Fine Art of Propaganda, Hand-Delivered: GREETINGS FROM THE FATHERLAND!: German Picture Postcards and History, 1914-1945” — as well as the larger World War I collection within the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
A finding aid pointing researchers toward many World War I-related books, manuscripts, and printed ephemera in Special Collections is available through the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. Although this finding aid is extensive, it does not describe all relevant holdings in Special Collections. The staff of Special Collections will be happy to help you identify additional materials that may speak to your interests in this topic.