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Military Collections - World War I, 1917-1938

This collection includes images of the U.S. involvement in World War I, as well as various posters and governor’s proclamations supporting the war effort.

A highlight consists of service records of soldiers who fought in the 15th New York National Guard regiment (later 369th Infantry, U.S. Army), commonly known as the “Harlem Hellfighters.”  The “Harlem Hellfighters” was the first African-American regiment to participate in World War I, being mustered into federal service in July 1917, and fought in such noteworthy campaigns as the Second Battle of the Marne and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. 

This collection was compiled from the following record series:

13721 Abstracts of National Guard service in World War I, 1917-1919. New York State Adjutant General's Office.

13726 National Guard muster rolls, 1878-1954. New York State Adjutant General's Office.

B0814 Muster rolls of New York National Guard units that served in the United States Army during World War I, 1917-1918. New York State Adjutant General's Office.

A3045 Instructional lantern slides, ca. 1856-1939, bulk 1911-1939, New York State Education Dept. Division of Visual Instruction.

A0412 World War I veterans' service data and photographs, 1917-1938, New York (State). Dept. of Education. Division of Archives and History.

A4237 Posters from Correspondence with National Council of Defense, 1917-1918, New York State Defense Council.

13035 Proclamations by the governor, 1893-2002, New York (State). Dept. of State. Bureau of Miscellaneous Records.

Please note that only a portion of these series have been included in this digital collection. Other items exist that are not available online. For more information about this collection or to learn about records not represented in the Digital Collections, please contact our office.


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