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Syracuse University World War I Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives

Finding aid created by: Nicole Wright
Date: 2019

Historical Note

During World War I, both Syracuse University students and alumni participated in the war effort. Some professors even encouraged students to leave school to fight in the war. Despite some enthusiasm for the war effort on campus, Chancellor James Day was at first hesitant to institute any formal military training on campus.

In the spring of 1918, the U.S. War Department established the Students’ Army Training Corps (SATC) in an effort to meet the need for more trained soldiers. Syracuse University was one of over 500 colleges and universities to participate in this nationwide program, with over 1,200 male students taking part. In the summer and fall of 1918, the SATC dominated much of life on campus. Winchell Hall, Archbold Gymnasium, and fraternity and sorority houses were converted to barracks, and a mess hall was constructed. Members of the SATC participated in basic training and took classes such as auto mechanics, telegraphy, and carpentry as well as surveying, foreign languages, and government. The program ended in December of 1918 with the ending of World War I.

Scope and Content Note

The Syracuse University World War I Collection spans from 1915 to 1921 and contains primarily records of military service for students and alumni. The records are forms filled out by either the veterans themselves or their families detailing their military service, their occupation before entering service, and other personal information. There is also a small folder of material related to the Student Army Training Corps.


Access Restrictions:

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The University Archives holds clipping files as well as photographs in the Syracuse University Photograph Collection related to World War I, military activity on campus, and the Student Army Training Corps.

Selected Search Terms


Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


World War, 1914-1918.
Higher education.

Types of Material

Records (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Syracuse University World War I Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The student war service records were included in a 1999 donation from the Brannock Shoe Company. The materials appear to have originally been collected by Charles Brannock, Class of 1925. There is no record of acquisition of other materials in the collection.

Processing Information

A small part of the collection was pulled from a larger collection, Syracuse University World Wars and the Military Collection, which was broken up into smaller collections. Materials in this collection were rehoused in folders.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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