Survey of WWI Historical Research Options

Over the past several weeks, I have been able to ask lots of questions and find many answers for my overall survey. I feel like there will be helpful information in many places for my research for this class. Between my university library archives, the public library local history section and archives, the local historical societies and the Area Research Centers, I think I’m well on my way to having enough stuff to work with. I’ve been offered some help with this course from many local residents as well – many nearby small towns have published centennial history books, and many of my friends have numerous books and histories from the area. Newspapers, student newspapers and other university documents, diaries, letters, and lists of locals who served, are all available to me. I was even told some hearsay about a man who was tarred and feathered, (and someone also said he was hung) during some anti-German issues just a few miles from here during WWI; there seems to be no end to resources I can use. I will be interested in figuring out what exactly we should look at using for sources in our work. I also got to thinking about what the Minnesota schools might have to offer for research opportunities as the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior put in a lot of work toward the war effort. It seems the more questions I ask, the more options I have, which is stressful and wonderful at the same time. There is so much to contemplate and there are so many decisions to make!