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World War I Collection

Collection Number
SC 342

OCLC Number


The collection was donated by Leighton Coleman, III in February 2002. Mr. Coleman's grandfather, Leighton H. Coleman, Esq., was the original owner of the collection.

Extent, Scope, and Content Note 
The collection is comprised of three linear ft. of annotated trench maps, photographs taken by the French Ministry of Education and Fine Arts, and a scrapbook that documents World War I in Luxembourg, Belgium, and France between 1914 and 1918. The 126 black and white photographs include s oldiers in the ruins of St. Martin’s Cathedral, Ypres, Belgium;  barracks; a workshop where American camouflage, silhouette decoys were created; the 11th American regiment returning two flags given by the descendents of the maréchal (marshall) de Rochambeau, City on the Seine; and "Trench Map, St. Julian, 28 N.W. 2, Edition 6 A.”

Arrangement and Processing Note
The collection was processed by Kristen J. Nyitray and graduate assistant Raymond Prucher in March 2004.
Finding aid updated in May 2020.

English, French

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 

Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.

[Item], World War I Collection, Special Collections and University Libraries, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note        
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.

France. -- Ministère de l'éducation nationale.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Photographs.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Miscellanea.
World War, 1914-1918 -- United States -- Pictorial works.
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Western Front.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Trench warfare -- Maps.


Box 1: 126 black and white photographs taken by the  French Ministry of Education and Fine Arts between 1914 and 1918.
Box 2: 1 scrapbook with newspaper clippings about World War I.
Box 3 and Box 4: folded trench maps of Europe; some annotated.