Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Panoramic Images from the American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress

A tremendous online resource exists on the American Memory Website of the Library of Congress. They provide thousands of downloadable high-resolution images of the nation at war. The truly unique aspect of the collection is their set of panoramic images. Generally, these are not combat images (you will need to explore the Army Signal Corps collections for those). The wide-format photographs tend to focus on the preparations at home and "after the battle" images of the European battlefields and the troops of the AEF returning home. Below are some outstanding examples from the collection. To search for additional images visit the search page at:

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1919 Image of Montfaucon, Captured 27 September 1918 During the Meuse-Argonne Offensive

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1919 Image of Ypres, Belgium — Ruins of Cloth Hall and St. Martin's Cathedral

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April 1919, the 363rd Infantry, 91st "Wild West" Division at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, Prior to Discharge at the Presidio

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April 1919, USS Agamemnon Arrives at Boston Harbor with Troops of the 26th "Yankee" Division


  1. I work in Library of Congress' Prints & Photographs Division, and everyone should know you can find these panoramas as well as many other WWI photos in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog at In addition, we have plenty of other WWI photos that haven not been digitized. This includes not only American photos, but ones from other countries. We also have large WWI postcard, cartoon, and caricature collections. Of course, due to the government shutdown, I can't help with any requests at the moment, but once things get running again feel free to contact us at the Ask-A-Librarian link at If you're in the DC area you're also welcome to visit us weekdays from 8:30-5:00.

    Jonathan Eaker

    1. Thank you Jonathan. If you would like to suggest some other entries from the Library of Congress, I'd be happy to share them with our readers. Mike