I’m back with more Library War Service material! Since right now I’m specifically researching the women’s uniforms of the service, I’m going to post only the photos that show women librarians in uniform, but I’ll link to their source webpages so readers interested in more can click through.
First, an awesome book drive event at the New York Public Library:
Twenty-Two Words has a post with some more photos, including this, as an example of the kind of library being served by the drive:
The Bentley Historical Library at University of Michigan has digitized some contemporary publications, listed here:
Clicking the links takes you to their library catalog pages for the items, but the catalog entries include a link to the Google Books version of each one, and you can add the books to your Google Play Books library or download PDFs from there.
As mentioned previously, the American Library in Paris has an excellent tumblr which features scanned photos from their archives (and scanned backs of photos with notes from various decades). Here are more of their photos– as noted above, these are just the ones showing the women’s librarian uniform, so if you’re interested in images of soldiers reading or loading books into ships and trucks, or permanent and temporary buildings used to house field libraries, definitely take a deeper look.
Staff photo on steps of field library
Field library circulation desk
Technical Services and Collection Management at the future American Library in Paris
Picking books to transfer to shipboard collection. They’re holding the lid of a crate of books, with some books stuck to it, which explains why they both look like they’re holding in laughs.
I’m not sure if the woman at the center of this photo is a uniformed librarian– her hat isn’t one I understand to be official. However, her matching tunic and skirt seem like they’d be the right color?
Puns in library signage: probably as old as time. (Somebody help me speculate on signage at Alexandria.) The uniformed librarian at center front is flanked by two women in civilian clothes, I think– their outfits don’t look like other uniforms of the time.
The Home Front of war libraries. I’m not sure if these women are in uniform, either– the only one that seems especially likely is the woman second from right in the white blouse and dark tie. Pretty good view of their shoes, though.
Thanks again to the American Library in Paris for providing their great ditigal archive!