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World War I Military Portraits

World War I Military Portraits is comprised of more than 32,000 photographs, typewritten volumes, and service records. The items were compiled from collections of the American War Mothers Milwaukee County Chapter and the Milwaukee County Council of Defense. These items contain a wealth of genealogical information and provide a candid look into soldiers’ ideas and perceptions of the First World War

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The World War I Military Portraits digital collection brings online access to one of the library’s most highly used research collections. The current digital collection represents the majority of the service records but is continuously growing, so stop back and see what new records become available.

Much of the collection is comprised of service records transcribed by the American War Mothers. Also included in the collection are portraits of service men and women in military uniform and less formal snapshots of individuals at their homes or serving in the theater of war as well as records from the eleven volume set titled A Record of the Heroes of Milwaukee County Who Answered Their Country’s Call in the World War prepared by the Milwaukee County Chapter of the American War Mothers.

The bulk of the collection was donated by the American War Mothers Milwaukee County Chapter. Other materials were donated by the Milwaukee Council of Defense, the Department on Public Affairs and the Military Affairs Committee.

If you have questions about the World War I Military Portraits, or would like to view photographs from the collection, please contact the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Department at the Central Library. While materials may not be removed from the Humanities Department, reproductions may be available. Contact Humanities at (414) 286-3061 if you have questions.


Special Thanks

A special thanks to Matt Sherman and Hayley Johnson for their invaluable help with this project.

Order Information

Copies of the images in this collection may be purchased. Orders must be placed online, using the online order form. The images are delivered in digital format via CD as 300 dpi TIFs. Due to the large size of each of the files, we offer CD-Rom but not e-mail delivery of images. The cost is $20 for the first 1-5 images in the same order (each additional image above 5 costs $4 per image), plus tax for Wisconsin residents (shipping of CD via standard mail is included).

Turnaround time is five business days, with rush service available for an extra fee. [Rush charges are 20% of order total from in-state requesters, 50% of order total from out-of-state requesters. Calculated after tax.] You will be billed approximately one month after delivery of your order, and may pay by personal check or money order.

Important Copyright Information

By providing or allowing reproduction of materials from the collections, the Milwaukee Public Library does NOT grant permission to publish or exhibit. Reproductions are provided for personal research purposes only. They may not be copied or distributed. Written permission to publish must be obtained from copyright or literary rights owner and from the library for any publication or commercial use of copies. The researcher is responsible for compliance with the US Copyright Code (title 12 USC) and privacy rights outlined in Title 45 CFR 46. For information on permission to publish, please contact the Humanities Department at 286-3061.

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Total price includes copy, mail or pickup at any desk requested.

Please note: Due to the large size of each of the files, we offer CD-Rom but not e-mail delivery of images. Not all Internet service providers permit handling of files this large.

Orders require accurate Title and Relation information in order to be processed. You will find these details in the Description section below each image in the digital collection.

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