The Homefront

After war was declared, Federal Agencies oversaw America’s wartime production and volunteer organizations such as the Red Cross, YMCA, and Salvation Army provided humanitarian aid while the U.S. military organized and trained its forces for overseas duty.


Food Administration - Anti-Waste Campaign - Girl war farmers win praise of farmer who employs them

Independence Day Parade, New York City, July 4, 1918. Farmerettes float

American Red Cross Parade, Birmingham, Alabama

Suffrage farmerettes. Mrs. Ruth Litt of East Patchoque, New York at work




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There are more than 110,000 World War I photographs in the National Archives Catalog.

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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.

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