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.




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.

Works Consulted / Further Reading

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


August 21st
The recently digitized French work, La Passion de Notre Frère le Poilu, makes a compelling visual and poetic statement on the war from the French point of view. Published in 1918 Paris, this distinctly French poem on the conflict shows regional conflicts in France between the city and the rural populace. Newly translated into English […]
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 […]

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