Testaments of War: World War I in Literature, Art, and Memoir

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of war on Germany, which sent thousands of Americans to the front lines in France. The American soldiers, nurses, doctors, volunteers, and others who experienced the Great War came home profoundly changed, and this exhibit traces the effects of the war experience on the art and literature of the 1920s and 30s.

claggett wilson flower of death
“Flower of Death” from The War Paintings of Claggett Wilson (1928)

Testament of War includes books, posters, artifacts, and manuscripts from ZSR Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

plumes dust jacket
First edition of Plumes, an autobiographical novel by Laurence Stallings (WFC class of 1916).
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Letter from Laurence Stallings to Helen Poteat, written at the Quantico, Va. training facility, April 1918.

The exhibit is on view in the Special Collections & Archives reading room (ZSR 625) and is open to the public 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mondays – Fridays throughout the fall semester.

Evening and weekend hours are available by appointment. Class visits and guided tours are also available. Please contact archives@wfu.edu or call 336-758-6175 for more information.