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World War I Illinois State Normal University Military and Community Service Records

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War Records

Publications

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World War I Illinois State Normal University Military and Community Service Records, 1917-1919 | Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

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Collection Overview

Title: World War I Illinois State Normal University Military and Community Service Records, 1917-1919Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1918 - c. 1919

ID: UH/IAI19XX_137

Primary Creator: Milner, Angeline Vernon (1856-1928)

Other Creators: Illinois State Normal University. War Service Committee., Owen, Grace A. (Grace Arlington)

Extent: 4.4 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The World War I Illinois State Normal University Military and Community Service Records is arranged into three series by material type. The first series holds student and alumni files created by Milner documenting their military and community service during World War I. The second contains documents created by Milner showing the university's involvement in the war. This series also holds pamphlets published by the wartime government agency Committee on Public Information. The third series includes an unidentified photograph of a soldier and news clippings mounted on board that are about the war.

Subjects: Illinois State Normal University - Alumni and alumnae - Correspondence., Illinois State Normal University - History - 20th century., Illinois State Normal University - Students - Correspondence., Milner, Ange V. (Angeline Vernon), 1856-1928, World War, 1914-1918 - Women., World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American.

Languages: English

Abstract

The World War I Illinois State Normal University Military and Community Service Records hold the files created by the university's first librarian, Angeline Vernon Milner. The files document student and alumni military and community service during the war. Files include correspondence, photographs, news clippings, and postcards. This collection also holds materials documenting both the university's and country's involvement in World War I including publications and pamphlets.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series I: War Records, c. 1919, contains files created by Angeline Vernon Milner documenting student and alumni participation in World War I. Files include completed surveys that Milner created and sent out to students and alumni, correspondence, photographs, and news clippings.

Series II: Publications, 1917-c. 1919, holds federal publications pertaining to the war effort. This series also includes documents written by Milner highlighting the university's involvement in the war effort and listing the number of university participants in the war.

Series III: Photographs and Ephemera, c. 1919 includes an unidentified photograph of a soldier and news clippings about the war mounted on black boards.

Collection Historical Note

The World War I Illinois State Normal University Military and Community Service Records is a collection that was created by the first university librarian, Angeline Vernon Milner as part of her work with the university's War Service Committee. The committee was comprised of faculty appointed by then president David Felmley to document and provide services to active duty service men and women volunteers who were ISNU students and alumni. Included in that committee were D.C. Ridgley, Clara Penstone, Grace Owen, Annette Cooper, Eunice Blackburn, O.L. Manchester, and Ange Milner. It was Milner's responsibility to document the service of all military and volunteer students and alumni and keep a 'preservation file' for future use. With help from community volunteers, including fourteen year old Kenneth R. Pringle who later became her chief assistant, Milner created a two-page survey and sent it out to students and alumni. The survey asked a number of questions about the individual's wartime and community service. Often, survey participants who were serving overseas would write Milner, telling her about their experiences and asking about life at home. Milner would write back and maintained correspondence with many individuals. Survey participants also included service workers such as members of the YMCA and the Red Cross. Pringle was noted for his meticulous effort in clipping news articles from many local, regional, and national newspapers for the files. Milner continued to collect information on these students and alumni until after the war. When she was finished, Milner had created and maintained a total of 806 records. Until her death, Milner continued to correspond with many the students and alumni from the files. Today, only 685 of those files remain.

Biographical Note

Angeline Vernon Milner was the first librarian of Illinois State University and namesake of the current campus library.  Served from 1890 to 1927.

Subject/Index Terms

Illinois State Normal University - Alumni and alumnae - Correspondence.
Illinois State Normal University - History - 20th century.
Illinois State Normal University - Students - Correspondence.
Milner, Ange V. (Angeline Vernon), 1856-1928
World War, 1914-1918 - Women.
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American.

Administrative Information

Repository: Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

Access Restrictions: The entire collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Materials held within the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Acquisition Method: Most materials in this collection were held by Milner Library until they were transferred to the newly created University Archives in the 1970's. Some materials have since been added by University Archives staff.

Related Materials:

Angeline Vernon Milner University Librarian (Dean) Papers, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Records of Milner Library, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

David Felmley Presidential Papers, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Preferred Citation: World War I Illinois State Normal University Military and Community Service Records, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Processing Information: Most materials rehoused in acid free folders and boxes. Paper clips were removed. Some photographs were given mylar sleeves.


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Series II: Publications, 1917-c. 1919.Add to your cart.
Series II contains publications about the country's and the university's involvement in World War I. Several publications are from the Committee on Public Information, a wartime group created by President Woodrow Wilson that produced literature, posters, and other forms of print media to generate support in the United States for the war effort. These pamphlets discuss American concerns, highlight German propaganda, and highlight American patriotism. This series also includes two publications created by Angeline Milner in an effort to document the university's involvement in World War I. The first document details the university's involvement in the war while the second lists students and alumni who either served in the military or worked in a service group that supported the war effort.
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Sub-Series 1: Angeline Milner Documents, circa 1919.Add to your cart.
Folder 686: Student and Alumni War Roster, circa 1919.Add to your cart.
Folder 687: "Illinois State Normal University in the World War", circa 1919.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Committee on Public Information Publications, 1917-1918.Add to your cart.
Folder 688: Conquest and Kultur: Aims of the Germans in Their Own Words, 1918.Add to your cart.
Folder 689: German Treatment of Conquered Territory: Being Part II of "German War Practices", 1918.Add to your cart.
Folder 690: German War Practices, 1918.Add to your cart.
Folder 691: How the War Came to America, 1918.Add to your cart.
Folder 692: The President's Flag Day Address: With Evidence of Germany's Plans, 1917.Add to your cart.
Folder 693: War, Labor, and Peace: Some Recent Addresses and Writings of President Wilson, 1918.Add to your cart.

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