World War I

Founded in the aftermath of the First World War, the Hoover Institution has always placed special emphasis on collecting and preserving materials related to the conflict that shaped the 20th century. The perspective has always been truly international, as Hoover’s Russian holdings on the war, for example, outshine its American holdings in both volume and significance. The papers of General N.N. Golovin are of singular importance for the study of the Eastern front. The Kraftwagen Park 2 war journal shows the war from the perspective of a German mechanized unit. Numerous writings – both published and unpublished - document the war from the perspective of economics, finances, industry, civil society, humanitarian aid, relief organizations, gender, class and race. The World War I subject and pictorial collections are rich in documents and illustrative material on all geographic areas and all aspects of the war. Additional illustrative material may be found in the Imperial War Museum photographs and poster collection, although there are many other photographs available in the papers of individual units, participants and collectors. The library also holds an extensive and rare collection of delegation propaganda and other publications related to the Paris Peace Conference that ended the war.

World War I Pictorial Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives

Explore photographs, postcards, and cartoons from the Great War

World War I Pictorial Collection, Box 14, Hoover Institution Archives

Online database highlights Hoover's World War I materials


World War I Subject Collection

Printed matter, military documents, maps, and memorabilia

World War I Pictorial Collection

Photographs, cartoons, and postcards

N. N. Golovin Papers

General, Russian Imperial Army

Kraftwagen Park 2 War Journal

German military motor vehicle unit

American National Red Cross Records

Materials relating to relief work during and immediately after World War I

Commission for Relief in Belgium Records

Organization providing relief to Belgium

Imperial War Museum Photographs

Depicts activities of the British army and navy during World War I

Wellington House Publications

British Foreign Office propaganda from World War I

British Ministry of Information Library collection

Materials relating to World War I

Alfred Hermann Fried Papers

Austrian pacifist during World War I

Clelia Duel Mosher papers

Red Cross worker in France, 1917–19

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Digitized World War I Documents Available through Partnership with Adam Matthew

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thousands of pages of World War I materials in the Hoover Library and Archives were digitized by Adam Matthew for inclusion in The First World War: Propaganda and Recruitment, a digital resource that brings together archival materials from repositories in Europe and the United States.

US 555B, Poster collection, Hoover Institution Archives

Doughnut Lassies on World War I Posters

Monday, June 4, 2012

Political posters are powerful tools of persuasion and control via striking visual imagery. Scholarly interest in the strong visual images draws many researchers to Hoover's voluminous poster collection. Others mine more popular parts of the collection, such as this CBC article on National Doughnut Day, which highlights posters of US troops receiving doughnuts and coffee from Salvation Army doughnut lassies during World War I.

Hand-drawn and painted Christmas cards

Friday Finds: Hoover's small trove of hand-drawn and painted Christmas cards from World War I

Friday, December 14, 2012

With the holiday season upon us, what a pleasant surprise to find a small trove of hand-drawn and painted Christmas cards. The cards, beautiful in their detail, came from the papers of an American Red Cross nurse who served during World War I, Catherine Sylvia Bastin.

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Never Such Innocence: British Images of the First World War

The exhibit will be open to the public through March 1, 2008.



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