Identifier

etd-04102015-092031

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The Great War (1914-1919) forced society to decide whether cultural heritage institutions, as a whole, had value. An examination of the types of materials gathered during the Great War, the identity of the collectors, and the intended purpose the repositories highlights the shift in the methodological practices of libraries, archives, and museums during this period. This study focuses primarily on three Allied museums created during the conflict: The Imperial War Museum in England, the Bibliothèque-Musée de La Guerre in France, and the Liberty Memorial in the United States. These institutions emphasize how types of repositories were used as they instituted contemporary collecting practices to further education, to create community-based collections for increased public understanding, and to create a social memory about the Great War.

Date

2015

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Martin, Benjamin F.

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History Commons

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