Over There: Missouri in the Great Waris a statewide digitization project that will document Missouri's WWI history.
Although largely overshadowed by the Second World War, World War I did much to shape the modern world. Missourians actively contributed to various aspects of the war effort, even before America joined the hostilities. Even though osteopathic physicians were unable to enlist as doctors in the Medical Corps, due to laws stating that only physicians with the degree Doctor of Medicine would be eligible to serve, many joined other branches of the service or served in supporting roles, others stayed at home to care for the civilian population. In Kirksville, the American School of Osteopathy (now A.T. Still University) supported the war effort by forming the American Osteopathic Relief Association. These men and women served in other capacities in the hospital such as stewards and nurses alongside the physicians.
Over There: Missouri & the Great War is a statewide collaborative digitization project to document Missouri’s role in World War I. The project is a digital collection of historical documents, photographs, artifacts, oral histories and other primary source material from museums, archives, libraries, and private collections from across Missouri. Contributing Institutions have provided free online access to their collections for educational and research purposes.
Project Partners include:
- Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, Mo.
- Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, Mo.
- Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Mo.
- National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
- State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
- Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield, Mo.
For more information go to the Over There: Missouri in the Great War website. The website features a digital collection of historical documents, photographs, artifacts, oral histories and other primary source material.
You can also follow the project on Facebook.
Over There: Missouri in the Great War is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act Digital Imaging Grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and coordinated by the Missouri State Library.