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First World War Collections Guide: Explore York Libraries and Archives

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This board is a visual guide to our WWI archive material. It is not an exhaustive digital record of our materials but a "taster" of what we have to offer. You'll find original documents and letters; bound volumes of committee minutes and magazines; alongside photographs and secondary materials. Please do explore, re-pin and comment upon our images, we want as many people as possible to view them and be encouraged to visit us here at the archives when we reopen at the end of 2014.

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This is a photocopy of a map of York with hand drawn paths made by Zeppelins and areas they bombed during world war one (ZEP). World War One, First World, Local History, Wwi, Libraries, Hand Drawn, Paths, The Neighbourhood, Vintage World Maps

This is a photocopy of a map of York with hand drawn paths made by Zeppelins and areas they bombed during world war one (ZEP).

"Not forgotten". A sentiment expressed in many of our collected war letters. To fully experience the emotions behind these words visit us at the City Archive when we reopen and read though our letters at you're own pace. Libraries, Archive, Collections, Letters, War, Explore, City, Library Room, Letter

"Not forgotten". A sentiment expressed in many of our collected war letters. To fully experience the emotions behind these words visit us at the City Archive when we reopen and read though our letters at you're own pace.

The incorrigible again. "What-ho, Charlie! Bit showery, ain't it? Punch Magazine, British History, Us Images, Wwi, First World, World War, Archive, Cartoons, Gallery

Punch Cartoons on WW1, The Great War | PUNCH Magazine Cartoon Archive

Punch cartoons depicted many aspects of the War. Browse the 1916 volume we have in our collection and leave with a smile on your face. The cartoon we've featured above is actually taken from the Punch website. To view their collection follow the link below.

The above is a manuscript version of Millicent Price's autobiography; she had strong links to York and her husband was a conscientious objector working for the Friends War Victims Relief Committee in Holland. Its certainly worth a read. Conscientious Objector, Libraries, First World, Holland, Encouragement, Collections, Strong, Explore, Reading

The above is a manuscript version of Millicent Price's autobiography; she had strong links to York and her husband was a conscientious objector working for the Friends War Victims Relief Committee in Holland. Its certainly worth a read.

Found folded amongst the Citizens' Committee papers, were several newspapers with interesting features such as the "P.C From the Front" article pictured above. Libraries, Collections, War, Explore, Library Room, Bookcases, Bookstores, Exploring

Found folded amongst the Citizens' Committee papers, were several newspapers with interesting features such as the "P.C From the Front" article pictured above.

2,236 employees of the North Eastern Railway were killed in the First World War including one director.  In 1920, £20,000 was allocated to the erection of a memorial to the dead. Sir Edwin Lutyens was selected to choose a site and prepare a design for the monument. For more information on this image or to order a print, follow the link provided below. Edwin Lutyens, Us Images, Wwi, Libraries, First World, World War, Statue Of Liberty, Collections, Memories

2,236 employees of the North Eastern Railway were killed in the First World War including one director. In 1920, £20,000 was allocated to the erection of a memorial to the dead. Sir Edwin Lutyens was selected to choose a site and prepare a design for the monument. For more information on this image or to order a print, follow the link provided below.

The end of the war brought about a whole range of issues, and one of these was how to commemorate the fallen. Our archive contains information on the controversies, processes and practicalities of commemorative acts and monuments. These issues are interesting topics that are well worth exploring. Duke Of York, Interesting Topics, Monuments, Libraries, Exploring, Archive, Bring It On, Collections, Range

The end of the war brought about a whole range of issues, and one of these was how to commemorate the fallen. Our archive contains information on the controversies, processes and practicalities of commemorative acts and monuments. These issues are interesting topics that are well worth exploring.

This neatly written postcard was penned by a conscientious objector named William Varley. You'll find other examples of his collected papers on this website, and they're definitely worth coming to visit. His story is both touching and intriguing. Conscientious Objector, Local History, Libraries, First World, World War, The Neighbourhood, Encouragement, Collections, Letters

This neatly written postcard was penned by a conscientious objector named William Varley. You'll find other examples of his collected papers on this website, and they're definitely worth coming to visit. His story is both touching and intriguing.

Published in the this book gives an interestingly retrospective look at how the Scarborough Zeppelin raids were perceived and remembered. Our war collection contains other similar documents which track our changing historical views of the First World War. Us Images, Zeppelin, Wwi, Libraries, First World, World War, 1970s, This Book, Track

Published in the 1970s this book gives an interestingly retrospective look at how the Scarborough Zeppelin raids were perceived and remembered. Our war collection contains other similar documents which track our changing historical views of the First World War.

Cecil Molyneaux was a Boy Scouts leader killed in action during the war. He was buried at Ypres, and the above pictures were taken of his gravestone shortly after the war's end. To find out more about his story take a look at the scout's records held in our collection. Killed In Action, Scout Leader, Us Images, Boy Scouts, Wwi, Libraries, First World, World War, How To Find Out

Cecil Molyneaux was a Boy Scouts leader killed in action during the war. He was buried at Ypres, and the above pictures were taken of his gravestone shortly after the war's end. To find out more about his story take a look at the scout's records held in our collection.

"The National Food Fund". Visit our archive and uncover how food provisions were assigned across the city and monitored throughout the war period. Libraries, Period, Archive, Collections, War, Explore, City, Food, Essen

"The National Food Fund". Visit our archive and uncover how food provisions were assigned across the city and monitored throughout the war period.

Whilst serving on the front many men were concerned about the wellbeing of their wives and families. As such many servicemen sent letters to the Mayor's office enquiring as to what funds their families could claim. The above letter is an example of such correspondences, but the archive contains many more which are just waiting to be read. Many Men, Local History, Us Images, Libraries, First World, World War, Families, The Neighbourhood, Waiting

Whilst serving on the front many men were concerned about the wellbeing of their wives and families. As such many servicemen sent letters to the Mayor's office enquiring as to what funds their families could claim. The above letter is an example of such correspondences, but the archive contains many more which are just waiting to be read.

After the 1916 zeppelin raid many people claimed for damages. The above is a report, written by the assessor investigating the claims of local people, containing the guidelines for compensation. Air Raid, Local History, Zeppelin, Libraries, First World, The Neighbourhood, Encouragement, Collections, War

After the 1916 zeppelin raid many people claimed for damages. The above is a report, written by the assessor investigating the claims of local people, containing the guidelines for compensation.

Letters written by those serving overseas took many forms. The above postcard was sent from a naval ship to the mayor in Us Images, Wwi, Libraries, First World, Archive, Collections, Letters, York, Explore

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Letters written by those serving overseas took many forms. The above postcard was sent from a naval ship to the mayor in 1915.

"Sonnets from Prison" this little book contains lots of poems relating to conscientious objection and the war. Little Books, Libraries, First World, Prison, Tattoo Quotes, Poems, Collections, Letters, War

"Sonnets from Prison" this little book contains lots of poems relating to conscientious objection and the war.

"It's a Long Way to Tipperary" Lots of our letters were written on paper with interesting and iconic letterheads. Come and take a look for yourself when we reopen! Letterhead, Libraries, Encouragement, Collections, Letters, War, Explore, Writing, Library Room

"It's a Long Way to Tipperary" Lots of our letters were written on paper with interesting and iconic letterheads. Come and take a look for yourself when we reopen!