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World War I: Digital Collections

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Freely Available Digital Collections

Tennessee in World War I

The Tennessee State Library and Archives offers three online collections that document Tennesseans during World War I:

Alvin C. York Collection 

Puryear Family Photograph Albums (1890-1946) documents the careers in the United States Army Air Service during and after World War I of two brothers from Gallatin, Tennessee. George Wright Puryear, a fighter pilot with the 95th Aero Squadron, became the first American officer to escape from a German prisoner of war camp. Alfred Isaac Puryear spent the war stationed in Paris, France, as a supply officer with the Army Air Service, and became an airship (dirigible) pilot after the war. 

Tennessee in World War I  includes 90 photographs from TSLA's collection.