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

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

    United States Civil War Collection

  • World War I POW Camp Photos

    Photographs, drawings, paintings, maps and other images from Austrian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, German and Turkish prison camps during World War I, compiled by Kenneth A. Steuer.

    WWI POW Camp Photos

  • World War I and II Personal Narratives

    Photo albums, scrapbooks, postcards and letters detailing soldiers’ experiences during World War I and World War II.

    WWI and WWII Personal Narratives

  • World War II Propaganda Collection

    Nazi German and Allied Forces publications, photographs and ephemera (collectible memorabilia).

    Also known as the N.S.D.A.P. (National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei) Collection

    WWII Propaganda Collection

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