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World War I
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Y.W.C.A. Land Service Committee. Poster, 1918. Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZC4-10322 (color film copy transparency)
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As noted elsewhere on this Web site (see especially Reform, Health and Medicine, and Congressional Collections), many of the division's collections concern women's relief work and their activities as nurses during the Spanish-American War and World War I. Other aspects of women's World War I experiences are illustrated in other collections.

The papers (21,500 items; 1900-1975; bulk 1955-75) of pioneer aviator Marjorie Claire Stinson (1896-1975) [catalog record] document her work as a flight instructor and reflect women's role in aviation during the First World War.

Emma L. George's papers (52 items; 1915-20) [catalog record] relate to her association with the Woman's Land Army of America, which recruited and trained women to work farms left untended by men in the military. Included are letters from appreciative farmers, poems and songs about the “farmerettes,” and recruitment and training material.

Several collections reflect women's efforts to memorialize those who participated in the Great War, including:

  • American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. (4,000 items; 1917-41) [catalog record]
  • Lydia S. M. Robinson (13,500 items; 1914-42, bulk 1914-18) [catalog record]
  • Eva Roberts Cromwell Stotesbury (122 reels; 1914-19) [catalog record]
  • Mary Edith Powel (32,000 items; 1747-1922; bulk 1890-99) [catalog record]

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