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Using Women's History Sources in the Archives at the Library of Virginia

World War I

The Virginia War History Commission was established in 1919 to collect and publish information concerning the commonwealth’s participation in World War I. They conducted a survey of veterans through the use of a printed questionnaire; a separate two-page form was used to survey nurses and clerks. The World War I History Commission Questionnaires research guide contains more than 14,000 records, each of which is linked to digitized images of the questionnaires and accompanying materials, such as photographs or other papers, submitted by the respondents. Letters and diaries collected by the commission also include material on the women’s employment.

Women’s war experiences at home and abroad are highlighted in other archival records, including those of the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Equal Suffrage League, the WPA Life Histories Collection, and the personal papers of Margaret Kern and Mary-Cooke Branch Munford.