This year marks the centennial of the United States entering World War One. The Great War had a huge effect on the development of the modern world and on the everyday lives of millions of people in America and around the globe.
This year we will be doing a lot of work to highlight the significance of this anniversary. In the archives, our first project has been to put up the documents from the Otto Kappelmann Collection. Of German descent, Kappelmann was enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1916 to 1919. His letters, written primarily to his sister, Anna-Marie Bubendey, describe military camp life on the Texas border and in South Carolina. His collection includes postcards of military camps and trenches on the front.
You can see the pictures, letters, and our transcriptions of his letters at our new library website where we will be putting up some of the digital collections from our archives in the coming months.