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Colgate University World War I collection, A1207

Identifier: A1207

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of newspaper articles, photographs, service statistics, equipment records, and press releases related to the experiences of Colgate alumni and the Colgate campus during World War I. Many of the photographs are from E.H. Stone, a prominent local photographer in Hamilton, New York during this time.


  • Creation: 1917 - 1941


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical note

According to former University Archivist Howard Williams, World War I brought changes to Colgate's campus, although they were briefer than those brought by World War II. No commencement was held in 1917 because so many students had left college to enter the armed forces or take part in war work such as farming. The college reopened the following year with a student population that was 20% smaller, and "all able-bodied students were required to take military drill."

The following year, Williams writes that "from October to December 1918, however, Colgate was a military installation with a unit of the Students’ Army Training Corps." The majority of the student body was inducted and campus buildings were used for military purposes. A total of 22 Colgate alumni lost their lives in the war.

Howard Williams, A History of Colgate, 1819-1869 (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969), 282,


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Related Materials

A0999, Colgate University photograph collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries contains additional photographs of Colgate men in the armed forces during World War I.

Guide to the Colgate University World War I collection
Lisa King and Allyson Smally
June 23, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

13 Oak Drive
Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate University
Hamilton New York 13346 United States US
315-228-7934 (Fax)