World War I Primary Sources


Objective: You will explore Wars by reading, examining or listening to a letter, journal, diary, picture, newspaper, poster, document or recording created during that time period.

We use many sources of information to answer our questions and research our topics.  In research we use both primary sources and secondary sourcesPrimary sources are actual records that have survived from the past, such as letters, photographs, articles of clothing, etc.  Secondary sources are accounts of the past created by people writing about events sometime after they happened.

Your textbook is an example of a secondary source because the author is writing about events that happened in the past but it may also contain many primary sources. You are going to find other primary sources to provide an understanding of War. Primary sources may be objects (artifacts, tools, weapons, inventions, fashions, uniforms), images (photographs, film, video), audio (oral histories, music, interviews, speeches,) or documents (books, letters, journals, diaries).


The Letters of Francis James Mack [ ]

MACK, Cpl. Francis James, 4330. 29th Bn.Australian Inf. Died of wounds 29th July, 1918. Age 20. Son of Henry Francis and Eva Mildred Mack, of 33, Parramatta Rd., Summer Hill, Sydney. Native of Cassilis, New South Wales.

World War 1 Primary Sources []

This archive of primary documents from World War I has been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L). International in focus, the archive intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War.

Dear Home/Letter from WW1 []

Go back in time through the letters of those who participated in World War I -- including both soldiers and a nurse -- and who saw tragedy up close...

Views of War --

A soldiers diary The diary of bugler Benjamin Cruzan 1917-1919

Library of Congress/Memories (Select War, Military or Search World War I) -- Newspapers and photographs


Front Page Selections --

Tuesday, 8-Jun-1915 - The Boston America


World War 1 Primary Sources --

Historic Documents

Prepared by R. Wagner and P. Richter Prepared for Mr. Shulman 12/2007