World War I Research Guide


Since it was first invented, photography has played an important role on and off the battlefield. During World War One, civilian photographers had limited access to battlefields, while military photographers documented the war from the front lines. American civilian and military personnel serving overseas took amateur photos and purchased illustrated postcards to bring home after the war. Such photographs can be found in the collections of the State Historical Society of Missouri, offering an intimate glimpse of World War One captured by the men and women who experienced it.

View a selection of the World War I Photos on Flickr or use the slideshow below.

See the entire World War I digital collection online here.