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Rauner Special Collections Library: World War I

This guide is intended to assist with orientation to and location of WWI materials available for research at Rauner Special Collections Library.

General Advice for Searching

Dartmouth College’s libraries have many materials that focus upon specific aspects of World War I, such as geography and culture groups, economics, religion, post-war peace-keeping efforts, and so on. Four topics of particular interest are described more fully below. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of the breadth of our holdings, search both the Dartmouth College Library Online Catalog ( and the Finding Aids at Rauner ( To learn more about specific topics or subjects related to WWI and how to find them, select the relevant tab in the lefthand column.

For catalog searches, use the “Special Collections” option from the “Search In” drop-down menu on the Catalog’s main page, then enter keywords appropriate to your topic of interest. Another option is to click on the Subject tab and enter “World War, 1914-1918” in the search field, select Special Collections from the “Search In” drop-down menu, and click the “Submit” button. Doing so will give you a list of numerous subjects of interest that will help you narrow the focus of your research.

If you would like to perform a more advanced search of materials only in Rauner, select the “Refine Search by…” link, limit your search to materials printed or created in the general period surrounding the war (e.g., 1912-1920), and select Rauner in the Locations field. You may also wish to limit by language or material type as well. Then, use keywords appropriate for your topic of interest.

For searches in the finding aids, enter “WWI” or “World War I” in the search field to find an initial group of related materials. However, it is important that you read through the finding aid to determine whether its contents actually contain materials relevant to your research. Some finding aids may reference WWI in the biography of the individual associated with the collection but not contain related materials.