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World War I and World War II: Home

A brief list of historical resources about local and regional experience during WWI, with an emphasis on materials available through Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections.


An introduction to resources documenting World War I and World War II history, focusing on the local and regional impact of these conflicts.

This guide is not exhaustive - please contact Archives & Special Collections staff and/or the Western Libraries Research Consultation Desk if you need assistance finding more information.

Information compiled by graduate intern Megan Garbett, with additional contributions by Archives & Special Collections staff.

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Where Can I Locate Historical Resources at Western?

Western Libraries' Archives & Special Collections programs house and provide access to a wide variety of rare, unique and archival resources. Don't hesitate to contact staff at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Special Collections or WWU Archives and Records Center with questions about collections and how to access resources.

From the Library Catalog (Published Resources)

You may find the following subject terms useful in searching the Libraries' catalog
(please ask us or contact the Libraries Research Consultation Desk at 650 2836 if you need assistance):

  • World War, 1914 1918
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Washington (State)
  • World War, 1914 1918 -- Women
  • Influenza -- History
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939 1945 -- Washington State
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
    • also Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Women
    • also World War, 1939 1945 -- Participation, Female
    • also Sexual division of labor -- United States -- History -- 20th century
    • also Women -- Employment -- United States -- History -- 20th century

World War I  1914 1918

Archives & Special Collections

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University Archives and Records Management, Goltz-Murray Building, 360-650-3124

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Goltz-Murray Building, 360-650-7534

Archives & Special Collections


The Archives & Special Collections unit provides for responsible stewardship of and access to unique and archival resources in support of teaching, learning and research at Western Washington University and beyond. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Special Collections, and WWU Archives and Records Center work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest region, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.