The State Library of North Carolina and the State Archives of North Carolina have a website, North Carolina Family Records Online, with a World War I collection online.

The World War I collection “currently holds:

  1. World War I posters (a finding aid is also available);

  2. A selection of letters from the World War I Papers, part of the Military Collection. Finding aids for that collection are available on the the Military Finding Aids page of the State Archives website;

  3. Official Army Signal Corps Photographs, 1918-1919;

  4. Photographs from the Warren C. McNeill Papers;

  5. The World War I map collection from the World War I Papers. The map collection contains more than five hundred maps and blueprints of various types. The bulk of the World War I maps are topographical studies of France and Belgium, either field or ordnance surveys. Other types represented include barrage maps; drawings to accompany engineers’ operational reports; sketches of railroads, roads, and bridges; depictions of trench lines, troop dispositions, and positions of balloons; aerial photographs; Corps situation maps, updated daily; and blueprints of bombproof shelters. Of particular interest are the various maps with contemporaneous annotations by the officers who used them, such as the engineering drawings from the papers of Joseph Hyde Pratt and the topographical maps carried high above the trenches in the balloon of James A. Higgs.”

“The North Carolina Digital Collections contain over 90,000 historic and recent photographs, state government publications, manuscripts, and other resources on topics related to North Carolina. The Collections are free and full-text searchable, and bring together content from the State Archives of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina.”


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