Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memory
To be considered eligible for digitization:
- Items must:
- Pertain to the World War One era, which we define as 1914-1919 and;
- Be related to wartime, home front activity or other war efforts.
- If post-war, must clearly reference World War One (ex. artwork depicting the war).
- Be owned by the individual and be original.
- Post-war items related to World War One veterans will be accepted. This includes veterans who served on the Mexican Front in 1916.
- No photocopies or photostats will be digitized.
- No copyrighted materials.
- Items do not need to be Connecticut related as long as you are a resident of Connecticut.
Examples of suitable items include, but are not limited to:
- Diaries or journals
- Wartime souvenirs
- Uniforms or uniform pieces (i.e. dog tags, belt buckles, patches, etc.)
- Military related equipment (i.e. canteen, sewing pouch, etc.)
- Hand-drawn maps or annotated trench maps
- Sketches, paintings or other artwork (i.e. trench art, carvings, etc.)
- Military passes/discharges
- Pension materials
- Liberty bonds
- Newspapers or newspaper clippings
- Medical implements
Examples of items that will not be digitized, including but not limited to:
- Weapons (firearms, knives, artillery, etc.)
- Posters (unless it is hand-drawn or one of a kind)
- Oversize items (this includes anything that needs special handling or equipment)
- Items not directly related to World War One (i.e. baby picture, wedding album, etc.)
A few things to remember:
- Original materials will be returned to the owners after digitization is complete.
- Due to time constraints, we may only digitize five (5) items per person.
- Please feel free to bring more than five items. If time allows we may be able to digitize more or in some cases special arrangements may be made with CSL.
- Due to time and equipment constraints CSL may make arrangements to borrow items to be digitized and returned at a later date. This might occur if an item is oversize or many pages like a diary.
- In cases where we are unable to complete digitization due to more participants/materials than expected, we may make arrangements to borrow items to be digitized and returned at a later date.
- Items may not be left with CSL representatives for longer than it takes to digitize items unless special arrangements have been made with CSL.
- All digital images will become part of the Connecticut Digital Archive and as such they will be freely available for use by the public.