World War I Centennial
Gun crew from Regimental Headquarters Company, 23rd Infantry, firing 37 mm gun during an advance on German entrenched positions. View in Catalog.
As the largest repository of American World War I records, the National Archives invites you to browse the wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in this conflict, including photographs, documents, audiovisual recordings, educational resources, articles, blog posts, lectures, and events.
April 6, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into the Great War. After remaining neutral for three years, the United States reluctantly entered what was supposed to be "The War to End All Wars." By declaring war, President Woodrow Wilson committed the nation to join the other Allied countries in their efforts to defeat the German-led Central Powers.
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World War I Timeline
Begin your research with these World War I overview guides and resources from the National Archives. The records highlighted here represent a small portion of the National Archives holdings, many of which have not yet been digitized. Contact the National Archives to plan a research visit.
Accessing World War I Photos in the Digital Age, The Unwritten Record blog
Military Records: World War I Records at the National Archives at St. Louis
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Franklin D. Roosevelt, Papers as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1913-1920 | Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum
World War I Foreign Policy Records series, The Text Message blog
World War I: A Soldier's Story exhibit on Google Cultural Institute
The U.S. Food Administration, Women, and the Great War: The Pennsylvania Food Conservation Train exhibit on Google Cultural Institute
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