New Exhibition: World War I Through the Lens

Photograph: Workshop where American camouflage, silhouette decoys were created. Paris, France. 4 Guindon Street. December 12, 1917.

Photograph: American camouflage, silhouette decoys. Paris, France. 4 Guindon Street. December 12, 1917. From Special Collections, SBU Libraries.

“World War I Through the Lens: Photographs of the Western Front, 1914-1918”

 

2017 marks the centennial of United States involvement in World War I. The Western Front was the site of a 400-plus mile stretch of land weaving through France and Belgium from the Swiss border to the North Sea. This geographic region was the decisive front during the First World War.

 

Special Collections of the University Libraries has a unique archive of annotated trench maps, rare photographs taken by the French Ministry of Education and Fine Arts, and scrapbooks that document World War I in Luxembourg, Belgium, and France between 1914 and 1918. Photographs will be on view in the Central Reading Room through December 2017. The collection was donated by Leighton Coleman III.

 

This exhibition is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Related Events

 

Thursday, October 19 at 1pm: prize-winning journalist, author, and historian Bill Bleyer will present “Long Island Naval History in Wartime, with an emphasis on World War I.”  This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.
This event is fully booked.

 

Friday, November 3 from 3pm to 5pm: Art Crawl: free guided tours of university galleries. No registration required.
3pm to 3:25pm: “World War I Through the Lens: Photographs of the Western Front, 1914-1918,” Central Reading Room, Melville Library, Level 1
3:30pm to 3:55pm: “Oeuvre,” North Reading Room, Melville Library, Level 2
4pm to 4:25pm: “Lisa Park: Manifesting Invisibles,” Simons Center Gallery
4:30pm to 5pm: “Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Gloves Off,” Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center (reception to follow)

 

 

Kristen Nyitray

Kristen Nyitray

Associate Librarian; Director, Special Collections and University Archives; and University Archivist at Stony Brook University Libraries
Contact her for research assistance with rare books, collections, historic maps, and SBU history. E-mail: kristen.nyitray@stonybrook.edu.
Kristen Nyitray
Posted in Art, Arts & Humanities, History, Library Outreach, Special Collections & University Archives


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