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The Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection at the University of South Carolina was established in 1997 by Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli and named for Professor Bruccoli's father. It is an expansive research archive for the literary, historical, and cultural aspects of World War I from the vantages of many of the combatant nations, holding more than 4,000 items, including 3,400 print materials comprising military training manuals, illustrated wartime magazines, trench newspapers, novels and poetry of the war, letters, diaries, postcards, scrapbooks, photo albums, and glass slides. The collection also includes some 500 pieces of sheet music and more than 175 posters from the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, and Austria. This catalog is a descriptive and illustrated inventory of the collection, and provides a reference tool for the study of one of the great watershed moments in history on both sides of the Atlantic serving historians, researchers, and collectors.

Excerpted from USC Press.

Several hundred new items have been added to the Joseph M. Bruccoli Collection since the publication of this catalog in 2005. To search the current holdings of the Collection search University of South Carolina Columbia Rare Books & Special Collections.


Compiled by Elizabeth Sudduth with an Introduction by Matthew J. Bruccoli.

Published by the University of South Carolina Press in cooperation with the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina.