War: Military Experience Digital Collections

Experience life during the Civil War, World War I and World War II through photographs, diaries and other writings of the soldiers that were there.

United States Civil War Collection

This collection contains eight diaries and 29 letters written in the mid-1860s by men with connections to Michigan and the Midwest. From musician to prisoner of war, the writers’ of these items are as diverse as their military experiences.

Photo of French prisoners at a German prison camp in 1916.World War I POW Camp Photos

The images in this collection include a wide range of photographs, drawings, paintings, maps, and other images from Austrian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, German, and Turkish prison camps during World War I. These items illustrate the daily life of Allied war prisoners inside and outside of the camps.

Handwritten letter to soldier Paul Pommer from his mother dated December 27, 1916.World War I and II Personal Narratives

This collection contains photo albums, scrapbooks, postcards and letters detailing soldiers’ experiences during WWI and WWII.

World War II propaganda from Das Reich dated March 19, 1944.World War II Propaganda Collection

Also known as the N.S.D.A.P. (National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei) Collection, this collection includes Nazi German and Allied Forces publications, photographs and ephemera (collectible memorabilia).