Colgate University World War I collection, 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
- Stone, E.H. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
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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Language of Materials
- Guide to the Colgate University World War I collection
- Lisa King and Allyson Smally
- June 23, 2016
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository
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Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
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