Collaborative by design, Home Before the Leaves Fall is a multi-institutional project highlighting materials and resources on the Great War, with articles curated by individual scholars and experts guiding readers through the many threads that weave materials into a narrative tapestry, while social media spotlighting newly digitized content, creative and educational use of materials, and news of other Great War commemorations.




This page links the descriptions and overviews of the primary material types found in World War I repositories, including: lette…


Scrapbooks weave items otherwise considered ephemeral into new stories and are valuable sources for research.

Works Consulted / Further Reading

Provides a list of all works consulted and lists of recommended additional readings and resources.


November 20th
Newly digitized: Le bon anglais / texte de Roger Boutet de Monvel ; images de Guy Arnoux. Paris : Chez Devambez, [ca. 1918]. [http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435767]   Created in appreciation for the service of British troops in France during World War I, this short work containing eleven hand-colored prints portrays a variety of British servicemen in non-combative […]
October 21st
You are blind like us. Your hurt no man designed, And no man claimed the conquest of your land. But gropers both through fields of thought confined We stumble and we do not understand. You only saw your future bigly planned, And we, the tapering paths of our own mind, And in each other’s dearest […]
October 6th
Noteworthy among the many new titles published on the Great War during this Centennial Anniversary is Star Shell Reflections 1916: The Great War Diaries of Jim Maultsaid. Born to Irish parents living in Darby, Pennsylvania, Jim and his family soon returned to Ireland. At the beginning of the war in 1914, though a native born […]

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