An exhibit in observance of
The Centenary of World War I
Late summer through the end of 2014
Campus libraries and archives, including Special Collections, Memorial Library, and the Wisconsin Historical Society, plan an extensive exhibit drawing upon our very strong holdings of books, printed ephemera, letters, and other unpublished materials concerning the months leading up to the beginning of war in Europe in 1914, dramatic (and horrifying) changes in warfare, eventual entry of the United States into the conflict, the Armistice, negotiations at Versailles, and the aftermath of the “war to end all wars.” Multiple exhibit venues are planned.
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.