Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day by learning at the library

A vintage photo from 1917 set in a windowless room, possibly a classroom. There are dozens of women sewing, sitting in chairs and standing in the back of the room, and there are a few children in the crowd as well.

This week marks a century since the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. Here is a compendium of resources any Minnesotan can use to learn about the "Great War."

Minnesota Historical Society Database

Thanks to the Electronic Library for Minnesota, you can access the Minnesota Historical Society database, which contains digitized copies of the newspapers published on November 11, 1918 declaring the end of the World War. There are also quite a few antique cartoons you can find that promote homefront war efforts, such as rationing food. These archives span the years of 1867—1922, so this database is an excellent resource to find primary and secondary sources written throughout the entirety of World War I.

Ebooks Minnesota

There are many books you can read about World War I on Ebooks Minnesota. One option is “Courageous Spies and International Intrigue of World War I” by Allison Lassieur which explores the lives and daring deeds of spies during World War I using photos, original sources, maps, timelines, and little known facts.

If you’re looking for a children’s book, check out “Stubby the Dog Soldier: World War I Hero,” written by Blake Hoena and illustrated by Oliver Hurst.


On MNLINK, you can check to see which libraries have movies related to World War I, including “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930), “The Red Baron” (2008), and “Wonder Woman” (2017). If you can’t find the movie you’re looking for at your library, it may be available via interlibrary loan.

Minnesota Reflections

Minnesota Reflections contains a staggering number of photos related to World War I, one of which is featured above. The photo features women in Duluth sewing to provide war relief in 1917. There are dozens of photos in this collection that document efforts on the homefront to support the war. If you’d like to find more, go to the Minnesota Reflections website and search for “World War I home front, Duluth, Minnesota.”