Bowman Gray Collection of First World War Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks (12024)
Albums and scrapbooks collected by Bowman Gray, Jr., of Winston-Salem, N.C., provide documentation of the First World War (1914-1918) through images created by photographers likely working for the French government or French Armée, through press coverage in clippings from the New York Times, and through printed items and ephemera reflecting the war effort on the American home front. Photograph albums contain more than 3000 captioned images taken in Europe and North Africa. Many images depict the destruction wrought by modern warfare and artillery on the villages and communes across France. The primary subject is the French Armée soldiers and officers on the front line in camps, cantonments, shelters, tunnels, and trenches before and after battles. Camp life is particularly well documented. Also pictured are colonial troops and cavalry including Spahis, Zouaves, Algerians, Moroccans, and Senegalese; troops from the countries comprising the Allies; German, Bulgarian, and Turk prisoners of war; nurses and doctors; refugees; civilians in towns, cities, schools, factories, and internment camps; wounded soldiers in the field and in hospitals; and disabled veterans "crippled" or blinded in the war. Loose images in the collection are photomechanical reproductions depicting French Armée officers and soldiers and colonial troops and cavalry.