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Newark: World War I

312th Infantry. "Newark's Own." 78th Lightning Division.
Panoramic photo. Newark Photo Studio, 1919. Insert: "Record of the 312th Infantry 78th Division.
Over Here: Newark in World War I, 1917-1918.
George Robb. Exhibition held January 20-December 31, 2017, at the Newark Public Library. 2017. Available?
Over Here: Newark Mobilizes for World War I
Newark History Society program at the Newark Public Library, April 6, 2017. George Robb, the exhibit curator, speaks about the exhibit and his research on Newark in WWI.
Over There: Men and Women From Newark Service on the Western Front
Newark History Society program, September 25, 2017. John Zinn, presenter.
Wartime Letters from a NJ Doughboy, 1918-1919
Marilyn Pfaltz reads from the wartime letters of Hugo Menzel Pfaltz (1896-1989), who grew up in Newark, attended Rutgers College, and served in France during World War I. Union Public Library, July 21, 2020.
Propaganda, Censorship, and Book Drives: The Newark Public Library in World War I
George Robb. New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 5(1), 2019, pp.101-126
"During the war public libraries were usually the most important information centers in their communities...Newark’s chief librarians, John Cotton Dana and Beatrice Winser, oversaw many such patriotic initiatives, but they also became involved in more controversial campaigns to employ women librarians at military camps and to resist wartime calls for censorship of unpatriotic literature."

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