IU Archives Exhibition: IU and the Great War

March 11th 2014

Visit the Indiana University Archives on the 4th floor of Wells Library to learn about World War I’s impact on the Hoosier community, view materials ranging from the diary of S.A.T.C. enlistee William R. Ringer to a selection of wartime photographs and other paraphernalia.This exhibition was curated by Information and Library Science students Allison Haack and Alessandro Meregaglia.

Exhibition Background:

The entry of the United States into World War I on April 6, 1917, caused a rise in patriotism as people across the country sought to contribute to the war effort.  At Indiana University, President Bryan urged, “Your first thought every day should be in what you can most effectively serve your country.”  In true Hoosier fashion, the students, faculty, and alumni rose admirably to the occasion.

By the fall semester of 1918, 60 percent of the student population had enlisted in the Student Army Training Corps and students, professors, and alumni were sent overseas.  Male students enrolled in new Military Science courses to prepare for enlistment, while female students and faculty worked in the on-campus Red Cross Workshop, and on behalf of other war relief work.  The Indiana Daily Student kept those on the homefront informed about the progress of the war, especially news of current students and alumni who had enlisted or gone abroad with the Red Cross.