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November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

Women, War and Society, 1914–1918


Existing reference sources on World War I cover the period, politics and major players of the conflict, but typically fail to explore the contributions of women in detail. Women, War and Society, 1914–1918 fully documents the essential contribution of women during the Great War as well as the revolutionary and permanent impact the War had on the personal, social and professional lives of these women. The collection is indispensable for research into 20th century social, political, military and gender history. 

Date Range: 1914–1918
Source Library: The Women at Work Collection at the Imperial War Museum, London


The First World War had a revolutionary and permanent impact on the personal, social and professional lives of women. Their essential contribution to the war in Europe is fully documented in Women, War and Society, 1914–1918. 

Women, War and Society, 1914–1918 reproduces primary source material brought together in the Imperial War Museum, London, and originally published by the Air Ministry, League of Mercy and War Fund, Purple Cross Service, Russian Relief Fund and many other organizations.  This definitive digital collection of charity and international relief reports, pamphlets, photographs, press cuttings and more is fully searchable.

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Advisory Board

General Editor:

  • Professor Susan Grayzel, University of Mississippi


  • Mary Wilkinson, The Imperial War Museum, London
  • Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Professor Nicoletta Gullace, University of New Hampshire
  • Dr. Laura Mayhall, Catholic University of America
  • Dr. Lucy Noakes, University of Portsmouth
  • Dr. Deborah Thom, Robinson College, Cambridge
  • Dr. Jacqueline de Vries, Augsburg College, Minneapolis



"This rich online collection of primary source materials provides resources that otherwise would be available only to those who can visit the National Archives, British Library, and Hatfield House. Highly recommended. Academic collections promoting the study of British history; lower-level undergraduates and above."
— CHOICE, July 2009

“Women, War and Society is a fascinating historical resource in its own right: during my searches I found a variety of interesting items, from a menu book for "meatless days" in wartime households, to annual reports from women's leagues, some letters from the committee asking for donations, and a cautionary tale about the perils of unmarried motherhood. The digitization of this collection will improve accessibility, and give the student or historian the ability to search and cross-reference documents with greater ease. Not only will this collection be more easily available for education and research, there will be less need to handle the documents themselves, ensuring the preservation of this unique collection."
— Sonya Lipczynska, User Education Librarian, Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

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