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.

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


September 7th
I have a rendezvous with Death At some disputed barricade, When spring comes back with rustling shade And apple blossoms fill the air– I have a rendezvous with Death When spring brings back blue days and fair…. While most of the country was quite pleased that President Woodrow Wilson “kept us out of war,” there […]
July 1st
  While primarily considered a British offensive, the Battle of the Somme,  which started on July 1, 1916,  one hundred years ago this week, involved troops of many nationalities.  This bloodiest battle of the Great War which would kill over a million soldiers and which serves to this day as the icon for the war’s […]
July 1st
                      The iconic 1917 United States Army recruiting poster done by James M. Flag – was based on the 1914 United Kingdom “Lord Kitchner Wants You” poster.                             Currently displayed on the […]

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