Villanova University

Falvey Memorial Library - Special Collections - Digital Library@Villanova University - 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085 (610) 519-5271


Villanova University's Special Collections contans a significant number of primary and secondary sources related to the Great War.  Collection strengths include:  pro-German English language newspapers; other German-language newspapers; materials related to Sir Richard Casement; Ireland in the war; the Easter Rising; Joseph McGarrity and the funding of the Irish Rebellion; postcards; scrapbooks; and popular and children's literature about the war.  

Villanova University's Digital Library provides fulltext access to many of the above materials.  In addition, the Digital Library has digitized and hosts a significant number of Great War materials from institutional Digital Partners as well as specific digital donations from individuals.  Most materials are available under a Creative Commons License. 

Notable Collections:

Edward D. Forman Postcards []

Gefreiter Heinrich Möllering Papers []

Perkasie Historical Society [

Steed Scrapbooks []

Notable Individual Resources:

The Brighton Boys in the Trenches / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll. []

A Chronicle of the War of Nations 1914-15 / by Indian Nationalist Society, Bagdad []

Das Dienstags=blatt (newspaper, 92 issues) []

Los Dramas de la Guerra (dime novel, 62 issues) []

The Fatherland (newspaper, 137 issues) []

The Fra: for Philistines and Roycrofters (magazine, 112 issues) []

The Gaelic American (newspaper, 1914-1918) []

La Guerre Infernale (dime novel, 5 issues) []

"Ireland, Germany and Europe" / Casement. []

Jules Verbeeke: De oorlogsspion (dime novel, 25 issues) []

The Lusitania's last voyage (author's copy + pamphlets) []

Murray French Edwards scrapbook, ca. 1910-1918  []

Pennsylvanische Staats-Gazette (newspaper, 7 issues) []

Perkasie World War I Tobacco Fund Book []

The Public Ledger Color Supplement (4 issues) []

Der Tag (newspaper, 11 issues) []

The VItal Issue (newspaper, 119 issues) []

Vossische Zeitung (newspaper, 57 issues) []

With the Ulster division in France []

Who lifted the lid off of hell? / by Elbert Hubbard. []

The World War (newspaper, 89 issues) []


Other Institutions:

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.

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.


Last Modified: Thursday, June 26th, 2014