During World War I the American Library Association (ALA) sent over 10 million books and magazines to camp libraries and overseas for the use of servicemen. The ALA collected $5 million in donations and set up thirty-six camp libraries with the help of the Carnegie Corporation. “A book for every man” was the initial aim. Collection development included books on job training, business, engines, plumbing, carpentry, cement, trains, and entertainment. Representative record series are below:
The entire record sub-group can be viewed via the ALA Archives at 89/1/xxx. Note: this database is separate from the University Archives Archon database.
The YMCA raised and spent over $155,000,000 on welfare efforts for American soldiers during World War I. They deployed over 25,000 staff to care for the military's morale and comfort operations worldwide.
Note: the University does not have the national YMCA Archives. The above record series are alumni, staff, or faculty that served with the YMCA.