Submission Guidelines

To be considered eligible for digitization through Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memory:

  • 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:

  • Photographs
  • Diaries or journals
  • Letters
  • Postcards
  • 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
  • Flags/banners
  • Buttons/ribbons/badges
  • 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.