Collaborative by design, Home Before the Leaves Fall is a multi-institutional project highlighting materials and resources on the Great War, with articles curated by individual scholars and experts guiding readers through the many threads that weave materials into a narrative tapestry, while social media spotlighting newly digitized content, creative and educational use of materials, and news of other Great War commemorations.



Works Consulted / Further Reading

Provides a list of all works consulted and lists of recommended additional readings and resources.


This page links the descriptions and overviews of the primary material types found in World War I repositories, including: lette…


Scrapbooks weave items otherwise considered ephemeral into new stories and are valuable sources for research.


June 10th
On June 5th British Art suffered a significant loss when the French-born painter and sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was killed in fighting at Neuville-Saint-Vaast. By all accounts a brave and even reckless soldier, Gaudier-Brzeska returned to his native France at the start of the fighting, enlisting in the infantry. An artist who reveled in the raw […]
May 21st
Posted for Marjorie L. Haines, Spring Digital Library Intern, Villanova University: Beatrice Mae Correia’s WWI scrapbook, now a feature of Villanova University’s Special Collections, displays graphic and often disturbing images from the Great War. Many war-themed scrapbooks tend to portray personal or familial involvement, such as the scrapbook of Einer Smestad, WWI US Infantryman, or […]
May 11th
If I should die think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is forever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England’s breathing […]

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