"Armistice Day Parade" in Louisville, R.G. Potter Collection

When the United States entered World War I, the people of Louisville were eager to play their part. Whether serving overseas, working at Camp Taylor, or conserving food for the war effort, Louisvillians were ‘all in.’

One hundred years later, Archives and Special Collections recognizes their work with “‘All In!’ Louisville and the Great War,” an exhibition of vintage photographs, war posters, documents and artifacts from its collections.

April marked the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering WWI and Archives and Special Collection joins many organizations around the world in marking the momentous date.

“The exhibit offers a broad range of materials that cover differing perspectives and experiences, from the home front to overseas,” said Carrie Daniels, Archives and Special Collections director. “Our panoramic photos from Camp Zachary Taylor, which feature hundreds of soldiers, are particularly dramatic. We have letters from soldiers as well, and some of them are very sweet.”

The exhibition will also include records from the Camp Taylor Library and propaganda posters collected at the time by a Louisville boy scout.

The exhibition will run July 13 through Sept. 29 in the Photographic Archives and Kain Rare Books Galleries in the Lower Level of Ekstrom Library on Belknap Campus. Click here for gallery hours, directions and other information.

Military personnel and others in a Young Women’s Christian Association Hostess House in Louisville’s Camp Taylor. The house was used as a telegraph office and people were wearing masks due to an influenza outbreak.
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Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.