National Archives News

World War I Centennial: Events and Exhibits

The leader Arizona passing 96th Street Pier in great naval review at New York City. 165-WW-334A(4A); National Archives Identifier 533700

The National Archives commemorates the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Explore the experiences of Americans during this worldwide conflict through exhibits and events or visit our World War I portal page for primary source material.

Prologue Magazine

In Prologue magazine, read articles about World War I drawn from National Archives records. 


New App for World War I Images

We’ve launched Remembering WWI, an iPad and Android app for exploring, collaborating, and engaging with our extensive collection of WWI photographs and moving images. The app is now available via iTunes and in the Google Play Store.


World War I Social Media Day—April 11

The National Archives will be participating in the World War I Social Media Day on April 11, 2017, hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Museums, archives, and other educational institutions around the world will share a day of social media activity focused on #WorldWar1 history.


World War I in Photos: A Peek inside the Special Media Research Room
10:30 a.m.—Military historian and archivist Mitchell Yockelson showcases his favorite photographs from the war and answers your questions.
National Archives on Facebook

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"Gallant 15th Infantry Fighters Home with War Crosses"

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Red Cross Nurses in Washington with field kitchen.

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American Library Association Field Service truck at Kelly Field.

Facebook Live with the National Archives at New York City: Online resources for World War I Military Records
2 p.m.—Tune in to Facebook Live for a recap of our Finding Family Genealogy Series, which will be discussing online resources for veterans and military records related to World War I.
National Archives at New York City on Facebook



​Q&A: U.S. Presidents who served during World War I
11 a.m.—Join archivists from the Presidential Libraries to learn how Presidents Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower served during the war.
Presidential Libraries: @OurPresidents, @HooverPresLib, @FDRLibrary, @TrumanLibrary, @IkeLibrary


Digital Catalog

Tagging mission: World War I posters

All day—Become a citizen archivist and join us to help "tag" World War I posters. By adding keywords of details and features found on the poster in our catalog, you can help make them more accessible to researchers, students, and the public. Educators and classroom teachers, this is a great way to get students involved in doing American history! New to tagging? Get started.

Transcription mission: Fire and Orientation notes by Harry S. Truman

All day—Calling all military history buffs! Help us to transcribe Harry S. Truman's handwritten notes that he took during his training to learn to fire the French 75 millimeter guns that his artillery unit used while in France. Learn about the future President's experience during the war. Get started.



Washington, DC

Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m., National Archives Building. Panel discussion: 100 Years: World War I and The Weight of Sacrifice

Tuesday, April 25, at noon, National Archives Building. Author lecture: The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers

Thursday, May 4, at 2 p.m., National Archives Building. Lecture: African American Soldiers in the Great War Through Photographs



Washington, DC

The Museum at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, will host several temporary exhibits.

Rubenstein Gallery: The Espionage Act of  1917 (June 15–September 13, 2017)

East Rotunda Gallery: 

  • The 100th Anniversary of Jeannette Rankin becomes First Congresswoman (January 26–April 3, 2017)
  • Declaration of War by the United States on April 6, 1917 (April 4–May 3, 2017)
  • Selective Service Act & Draft Registration (May 4–June 7, 2017)
  • World War I footage digitized through anonymous donor (July 27–September 27, 2017)

Traveling Exhibits

“Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I”


January 24–March 16:​ Florida Historic Capitol Museum, Tallahassee, F​lorida​

April 5–May 20:​ Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum, Gladstone, M​issouri​

September 1–​October 20:​ Hickory Hill​,​ Thomson, Georgia

November 10–January 7, 2018​:​ West Baton Rouge Museum,​ Baton Rouge, L​ouisiana


January 24–March 16:​ Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center,​ Chadron, Nebraska

June 16August 11:​ Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center,​ Fairfax, Virginia

September 1October 20:​ Mendocino County Museum​, Willits, California

November 10January 7:​ Oaklawn Public Library,​ Oaklawn, I​llinois

2019January 24March 16:​ Oaklawn Public Library,​ Oaklawn, I​llinois

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“American Red Cross parade, Birmingham Alabama,” May 21, 1918 (Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 165-WW-39B-3)

“Over There: Americans Abroad in World War I”