During the First World War, American citizens made many sacrifices in an enormous effort to establish international stability. Young men trained and fought in bloody battles, high school students received credit for working on farms, and women became nurses at the front and determined supporters at home. New Yorkers were no exception. This website is comprised of historical resources that provide insight into the role New Yorkers played in the First World War.
Beginning in 1919, state historians James Sullivan (1916-1923) and Alexander C. Flick (1923-1939) requested that public historians across the state gather and send documentation about New York’s participation in World War I. Local historians collected and forwarded information relating to their communities' roles in the war. Two-thirds of the state's communities provided the requested information but very few veterans from New York City are represented in the series. No files for Bronx, Queens, or Richmond counties were provided. These items, together with the New York State Archives’ other records related to World War I, provide the researcher with multiple perspectives on this important topic.
Over a five year period, Archives undergraduate and graduate student interns have mined these records to provide a selection of the types of materials the Archives has on this topic, as well as to illustrate the breadth of New York’s contributions to the war effort. This website is comprised of more than 350 historical records that are grouped by topics. The topics are interesting and varied, including: Animals, Children, the Armenian Genocide, Army Health, the Harlem Hellfighters, In the Trenches, Homecoming and Memorials, Industry, and much more.
This website connects historical documents with technology in an effort to inform and educate others about New York’s role during World War I. Teachers can use this site to incorporate primary sources in their lessons. A "Build Your Own Worksheet" option allows you to print a worksheet for each image. You can customize a worksheet by including information from the website or you can edit and/or write in your own caption, historical background information, and questions for each image.
Remembering World War I, 1914-1919 was created by New York State Archives interns:
David Brown, State University of New York at Albany
Jai Echols, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Bill Przylucki, Boston College
James Simpson, State University of New York at Oneonta
Emily Southworth, State University of New York at Oswego
New York State Archives
Julie Daniels – project coordinator
Michelle Arpey – website development and oversight
Heather Bolander-Smith – website development
Anthony Mattrazzo – technical support
Josie Madison - research, lesson development and editing
Kristi Fragnoli, lead educator, The College of St. Rose, Albany
Laura Franco, Rensselaer City School District
Thomas Malcolm, Christ the King School, Bronx
Jessica Maul, The College of St. Rose, Albany
Robert Pollaro, North Colonie Central School District
Alonna Rudolph, Guilderland Central School District
James Simpson, The State University of New York at Oneonta
The College of St. Rose School of Education graduate students: