The University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104  (215) 898-5000


Many of the notable alumna/ae of the University of Pennsylvania fought during the Great War; healed the physical and psychological wounds sustained during the conflict or worked to make the world free from future conflict.  The resources contained in the University Library's Special Collections and the University Archives document many of these activities.  Collection strengths include:  Campus and student life during the conflict, nursing, and pamphlet content.


Notable Collections:

Daily Pennsylvanian-- relevant issues / covers the entire WWI period  []

Pamphlets Collection []

University Archives Digital Image Collection []

World War I Base Hospital Number 20  []


Other Institutions:

The Library Company of Philadelphia

The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America's oldest cultural institution and has the mission to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable material in its care. From November 11, 2016 through April 21, 2017, the Library Company of Philadelphia will have on display the exhibition Together We Win: The Philadelphia Homefront During the First World War.

The National Archives at Philadelphia

The National Archives at Philadelphia maintains the historically significant records of the Federal Agencies and Courts, in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, dating from 1789 to the present.

Pennsylvania State Archives

The Pennsylvania State Archives is a bureau within the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the official state historical agency. Holding approximately 250 million pages of records, the primary purpose of the State Archives is to collect, preserve, and make available for study the permanently valuable records of Pennsylvania State government and its interactions with its citizens. The institution also collects the private papers of citizens and organizations relevant to Pennsylvania’s history. Draft Board Records, Posters, Photographs, War History Commission Records, World War I Veterans Service Compensation Files, Maps, Letters, Newspapers, and World War I Service Medal Application Cards are just some of the items related to the Great War that researchers may view at the Pennsylvania State Archives.


Last Modified: Thursday, June 26th, 2014