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State Library of MA WWI 26th Yankee Division Photograph Digitization Project Is Now Complete
This post by Kaitlin Connolly originally appeared on the State Library of Massachusetts Blog.
In November of 2014, the State Library of Massachusetts completed the final stages of its World War I photograph digitization project. The project, which began in 2007, oversaw the digitization of more than 11,000 images, with 8,500 26th Yankee Division and other soldiers represented throughout the collection. These photographs are now all available online for the public to view and enjoy. A large portion of this project also included the careful collection and multiple revisions of metadata that can be found with each digital image for enhanced searching and retrieval in the database.
The collection, also known as Photograph 359, was donated to the library in 1935 by the Boston Globe, which used soldiers’ photographs in the newspaper during the war. Accompanying many of these photographs are “cut slips” produced by Globe staff members to record factual information for subsequent news articles; the slips include biographical and military information, as well as any notes on service recognition, wounds received, and casualties. It’s also common to find on the cut slip the date when a story appeared in the Globe, which is helpful when researching a particular soldier.
Soldiers can be searched by their name, by military unit, and even by their hometown (when provided). Users can also browse by soldiers’ last names. The Division’s units most represented in the collection are the 101st, 102nd, and 104th infantries; the 101st and 102nd field artilleries; and the 101st and 301st United States engineers.
Here is a link to the library’s WWI Fickr set, which is a small example of what the collection contains: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mastatelibrary/sets/72157627349455982/
For further research, here are some helpful resources in the library’s collection:
- History of the 101st United States Engineers : American Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1918-1919.
- A Short History and Photographic Record of the 102nd U.S. Field Artillery, 1917.
- The History of the 26th Yankee Division, 1917-1919; 1941-1945.
- Soldiers of the Great War.
Search the State Library’s online catalog for more publications.