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.



Works Consulted / Further Reading

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


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.


February 12th
Posted for: Darren Poley, Outreach and Theology Librarian, Villanova University Prior to the entrance of the United States into the First World War, Deutschwehr, a German volunteer aid society often involving prominent socialites, was particularly active in and near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deutschwehr may very well have been one of the “auxiliary organizations” to which Gen. […]
January 29th
“The daughter of what major general died as a nurse at Camp Meade?”                           America in the War  a patriotic and instructive game with pronunciation of all war names by Alfred F. Howe http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367602 Newly digitized by Villanova University’s Digital Library, but prepared […]
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 […]

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