The Great War

Illustration of soldiers rushing into battle

The Great War profoundly changed not just the geo-political landcape of Europe, and an entire generation, but also the culture, economics, politics, and technology of countries outside the immediate combatants. To commemorate the United States' entry into World War I in April 1917, we present selections from our collections related to aviation and military history as well as politics, comics and fine art from that period.

Cover of "Air service handbook"

Air service handbook

United States. Army. Signal Corps
Govt. Print. Off.,
Cover of "Air service medical manual"

Air service medical manual (null)

United States. War Department. Division of Military Aeronautics
Govt. print. off.
1918
Cover of "Aircraft design data"

Aircraft design data v. 1

United States. Navy Department. Bureau of Construction and Repair.
Govt. print. off.
1919
Cover of "Aircraft design data"

Aircraft design data v. 2

United States. Navy Department. Bureau of Construction and Repair.
Govt. print. off.
1919
Cover of "All the rumours"

All the rumours

Arkell, Reginald; Leete, Alfred
Duckworth & Co
1916
Cover of "Between shots"

Between shots

Crosby, Percy L.
Harper & Brothers
c1919
Cover of "British methods of training workers in war industries"

British methods of training workers in war industries

United States. Training Service
U.S. Dept. of Labor, Training and Dilution Service
1918
Cover of "Catalogue of an exhibition of lithographs of war work in Great Britain and the United States"

Catalogue of an exhibition of lithographs of war work in Great Britain and the United States

Pennell, Joseph; National Gallery of Art (U.S. : 1906-1937)
Govt. Print. Off
1917
Cover of "Escadrille N. 124 journal de marche"

Escadrille N. 124 journal de marche

France. Armée. Escadrille Lafayette.

Cover of "Exhibition of contemporary French art"

Exhibition of contemporary French art

France. Ministère de l'instruction publique; Fraternité des artistes. American Artists' Committee of One Hundred.
The Knickerbocker Press
c1916
Cover of "Exhibition of war portraits"

Exhibition of war portraits

Levy, Florence N.; National Gallery of Art (U.S. : 1906-1937) National Art Committee (U.S.) American Federation of Arts
The Committee
c1921
Cover of "Frontiers of freedom"

Frontiers of freedom

Baker, Newton Diehl
George H. Doran company
[c1918]
Cover of "History of United States Army School of Military Aeronautics, Berkeley, California"

History of United States Army School of Military Aeronautics, Berkeley, California v. 1

Thomas, Gilbert M.; Crane, Charles B. United States. Army. School of Military Aeronautics. University of California (1868-1952)
Director of Military Aeronautics, Training Section, Ground Schools Branch
1919
Cover of "History of United States Army School of Military Aeronautics, Berkeley, California"

History of United States Army School of Military Aeronautics, Berkeley, California v. 2

Thomas, Gilbert M.; Crane, Charles B. United States. Army. School of Military Aeronautics. University of California (1868-1952)
Director of Military Aeronautics, Training Section, Ground Schools Branch
1919
Cover of "Photographs of H.M. vessels & auxiliaries and other objects taken from the air"

Photographs of H.M. vessels & auxiliaries and other objects taken from the air

Great Britain. Naval Intelligence Department
Ordnance Survey Office
1918
Cover of "Raemaekers' Cartoons"

Raemaekers' Cartoons

Raemaekers, Louis
Doubleday, Page
1917, c1916
Cover of "Spherical ballooning"

Spherical ballooning

McCullough, Paul James
The Mangan printing company
[c1917]
Cover of "That rookie from the 13th Squad"

That rookie from the 13th Squad

Crosby, Percy L.
Harper & Brothers
c1918
Cover of "The American front"

The American front

Peixotto, Ernest Clifford
C. Scribner's Sons
1919
Cover of "The National Gallery of Art, Washington"

The National Gallery of Art, Washington

National Gallery of Art (U.S. : 1906-1937); United States National Museum. Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution, U.S. National Museum]
1915
Cover of "The war garden victorious"

The war garden victorious

Pack, Charles Lathrop; Warshaw Collection of Business Americana.
Press of J.P. Lippincott company
[1919]
Cover of "War paintings & drawings by British artists"

War paintings & drawings by British artists

Great Britain. Ministry of Information.; Brinton, Christian Worcester Art Museum.
[Redfield-Kendrick-Odell Company, Inc.]
[1919]
Cover of "War time control of industry"

War time control of industry

Gray, Howard Levi
The Macmillan Company
1918