Diversity in World War I
America’s diverse population of recent European immigrants, women, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans volunteered with civilian organizations on the homefront, while others wore military uniforms and served overseas.
Explore photographs, textual, and other records related to diversity in World War I in our Catalog.
There are more than 110,000 World War I photographs in the National Archives Catalog.
- American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 - 1918
- German Military Activities and Personnel, 1917 - 1918
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- British Photographs of World War I, 1914 - 1918
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Interested in further online research? Visit the National Archives Catalog to begin your own search.
While many resources are available online for research, there are many more records to discover in National Archives research rooms across the country. The following records have been described at the Series and File Unit level, but have not yet been digitized. This list is not exhaustive; please consult our Catalog to browse more records, and contact the Reference Unit listed in each description for more information. Records listed below include information about African Americans, Native Americans, women, religious minorities, and others.
- Records of Military Agencies Relating to African Americans from the Post-World War I Period to the Korean War, Reference Information Paper
- Blacks in the Military, resources compiled by NARA's Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)
- Code Talkers, Native American language and dialects used for encrypted communications
- Records Relating to Indians in World War I and World War II, ca. 1920 - 1945
- Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Decimal Correspondence, 600 - Military Activities
- Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Subject Files, 11/2/1904 - 2/9/1922
- Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Draft Registration Cards, 1917 - 1918
- Edward Jacobson Papers, World War I Files, Jewish Religious Books for Servicemen
Explore teaching and learning resources for World War I, including primary sources, online tools, lesson plans, and multimedia.
- Find primary sources and online activities for teaching World War I on DocsTeach.org, our online tool for teaching with documents.
- The National Archives has partnered with the United States World War One Centennial Commission, the National World War I Museum & Memorial, and other partner organizations to present a collection of World War I Education Resources.
- Lead the Way, Researching U.S. Army Indian Scouts, 1866-1914, Prologue Magazine, Summer 2009
- The Story of the Female Yeomen during the First World War, Prologue Magazine, Fall 2006
- World War I Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimages, Part I, Prologue Magazine, Summer 1999
- World War I Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimages, Part II, Prologue Magazine, Fall 1999
- Hidden Women: The Art of WWI Camouflage, The Unwritten Record blog
- The Women of World War I in Photographs, The Unwritten Record blog
- The Women of World War in Motion, The Unwritten Record blog
- A Brief Look at African American Soldiers in the Great War, The Unwritten Record blog
- The Blue Arrow Head, The Text Message blog