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World War 1: The Great War

World War 1: The Great War

The GG Archives has substantial materials on WWI - including information and photographs of Camp Pike, Camp Grant, Camp Dix, Camp Dodge, and others. Unique coverage of the WW1 Draft, including Draft Registrations, Unit Histories, French Money, and Correspondence from King George V.

President Wilson Asking Congress to Declare War on German, 2 April 1917.

The Great War Begins

Great Britain and France had been fighting since the beginning of the war in 1914, while Italy had joined in May 1915 and the United States in April 1917.

World War 1 - Articles on The Great War

World War 1 Articles

As the 1914–1918 conflict came to be known, the Great War became a world war indeed as it drew in Japan, British colonies in the Pacific, and European colonial holdings throughout Africa, Asia, and North America.

World War 1 Book Collection

World War 1 Book Collection

Explore the captivating history of World War 1. The so-called Great War was one of the most devastating conflicts in our history. Our collection features rare and insightful books, primarily from an American perspective.

World War 1 Brochure Collection

World War 1 Brochure Collection

Our Brochures cover a wide range of subjects about World War 1. The Topics include important addresses by VIPs, recruitment, and valuable information for discharged soldiers.

Documents of World War 1

World War 1 Documents

Our collection includes many papers genealogists and family historians will come upon during their research. Our extensive document collection is helpful for students studying the great war and teachers seeking primary source documents to enhance their lessons.

World War 1 Draft - The Conscription of Men in America

World War 1 Draft / Conscription

Our collection includes draft and selective service documents and photographs, including Notice of Certification to District Board, Notice of Enrollment Under Military Law, Draft Registration Cards, Registration Certificates, Questions & Answers, and more.

Famous Generals of World War One

Famous Generals of World War 1

Biographies of famous generals on the Great War including Joffre, French, Foch, Haig, Pershing, Pétain and Curieres de Castelnau. These allied commanders were instrumental in achieving a victorious outcome culminating with the Armistice on 11 November 1918.

The Hello Girls Telephone Operators of the Signal Corps in World War I

The Hello Girls Telephone Operators of World War I

Our comprehensive collection of articles, photographs, books, documents, congressional bills, and more provides an extensive volume of research materials for genealogists and students.

Image Library of the Great War.

Photographs and Other Images of the Great War

The GG Archives has curated many photographs relating to World War 1, with most of the material created during the war (1914-1918). Some of these images deal with post-war topics such as transports home and the soldier's bonus.

King George V in the Great War Including Correspondence and Photographs

King George V in the Great War Including Correspondence and Photographs

Our unique collection includes photographs, letters, and biography of the English ruler, King George V.

Front Cover, World War 1 Brochure "Where Do We Go From Here? This is the Real Dope," by Major William Brown Meloney, Ret. Field Artillery, United States Army, 1919.

Life After Discharge - The Real Dope

William Brown Meloney, who wrote this handbook for soldiers: Where Do We Go From Here? The War Department published five million copies for Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines By War Camp Community Service.

The Ill-Fated Lusitania

The Lusitania Story

Our collection about the SS Lusitania of the Cunard Line includes articles and books about the sinking of the great and luxurious ocean liner by the German U-Boat and the aftermath that caused the US to enter World War I.

Front Cover, Our Navy's Part in the Great War by John Wilber Jenkins, 1919.

Our Navy in the Great War

Based on the Booklet "Our Navy's Part in the Great War" by John Wilber Jenkins, this section organizes the content and supplements the text with additional photographs to help tell the US Navy's story in World War 1.

Collage of Soldiers' Bonus Materials Including Poster of Discharge Bonus, Application for Adjusted Compensation for Service in the Army, and an Image of the Soldiers' Bonus Check From the State of Minnesota

Soldier's Bonus / The Bonus Army of World War 1

Our collection of documents in this section are from the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Family Archives and other sources. The papers include certificates, vouchers, and payments of the Adjusted Compensation Act and the Minnesota Soldier's Bonus.

Soldiers on Deck of the USS Madawaska Awaiting Their Turn to Go Ashore.

Transport Ships and Voyages of World War 1

The arrival of the first convoy carrying the soldiers and Marines of the American Expeditionary Force at Saint-Nazaire, France, on 26 June 1917 surprised the world and provided much-needed encouragement to the allies.

The 351st Infantry Historical Notes 1917 - 1919

World War 1 Infantry Unit Histories

One of the several purposes of this work is the promotion of esprit de corps within the Army units. Another is the furthering of interest in and the reading of military history by the American people.

Railroad Car in Which Was Signed the Armistice, Nov. 11, 1918.

The Armistice and Aftermath

The United States sent more than a million troops to Europe, where they encountered a war unlike any other—one waged at sea, in trenches, and the air.

World War 1 Periodcal Collection

World War 1 Periodcal Collection

From Camp Newspapers, Great Lakes Recruit, The Great War Magazine, Current History Magazine, and others, the GG Archives has curated a historically valuable collection of periodicals covering the Great War.

Women in the Great War - World War I

Women in the Great War - World War I

World War I was the first war in which American women were recruited to serve in the military. Women were already present in France as members of the American Red Cross and as canteen workers.

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The Folks Behind the GG Archives

The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.