After the last few posts it occurred to me that one might think I’m secretly working for the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  While it’s true that I do think highly of that organization, it’s time to come home and remind you of some of the resources available at the Kansas Historical Society.

World War I Finding Aid: this finding aid lists state archives materials regarding World War I that are useful for genealogical research.

Kansas in World War I Bibliography

World War I Bounty Claims: copies of enlistment and discharge papers and other documents submitted by individuals applying for a state bonus paid to World War I veterans or their widows/orphans.

Kansas Topics in Chronicling America:  American Historic Newspapers: World War I

World War I Manuscript Resources

Of course, you can always go to and type “World War I” into the search engine.

You can also go to the Kansas Memory website and do the same thing.  Of particular note is the collection solicited by the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion in 1919 of biographies of returning veterans and those who died in the service.

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.