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.


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


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


June 22nd
Episode 7 of the Mail Call podcast covers the 1st of the 1917 Russian Revolutions (featuring content from January to May 1917).
May 17th
Posted by Amanda McCollom, Digital Library Intern, Villanova University, Spring 2017 Captain Francis Bolton Elwell’s World War I scrapbook offers a glimpse into the daily lives of the American men who fought along the Western Front in France. Elwell was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1886, graduated from Yale University in 1906 and was in […]
April 6th
                      Mail Call podcast episode 6 covers January to June 1917, documenting the US entry into World War I: https://t.co/I984Lq2D52

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