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[Cover of the "Negro Year Book"]

Description: Photograph of the cover of a book titled "An Annual Encyclopedia of the Negro 1918-1919" held by UNT Special Collections. It is a paper bound book and the edges are coming apart. The cover has a border around the title and includes information about the book on the front.
Date: October 3, 2014
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Individual Pay Record Book of James Darley, Company A 141st Infantry]

Description: Pay record book belonging to James Darley, the first page on the inside contains information about his birth date, the date of enlistment, and the date he opened the book. His net monthly pay is $2630; he has four entries of payments written in the table on page 4, all having date paid and the names of the "quartermaster making payment." Pages 9 through 11 include instructions for the soldier about how to handle such an account and that they are to wear them at all times.
Date: [1919-02-28..1919-06-16]
Partner: Pioneer City County Museum

[Ormer Locklear showing his hands]

Description: Photograph of Ormer Locklear showing the backs of his hands to the camera. Text on the reverse reads: "Ormer Locklear displays his famous hands to demonstrate their size. Note $1000 diamond ring on right hand he purchased from his press agent, Bill Pickens. Air Service identification bracelet on right wrist. Watch awarded by Minnesota State Fair on the other. 1920."
Date: 1920
Partner: The University of Texas at Dallas

[Any Soldier to His Son, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Any Soldier to His Son" by George Willis, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is grey, with the spine being darker. The title is in a silver frame on the top right, the lettering also in silver. In 1919, a collection of poems titled Any Soldier to His Son, authored by George Willis, was published by George Allen & Unwin LTD out of London. Although there is not much readily available biographical information on Willis, it is known that he was a soldier in the British army during World War I. The book itself is small, with an olive green cover designed by C.R.W. Nevinson but otherwise lacking illustrations other than the ornate publisher’s insignia on the title page. There is also no dedication or foreword, leaving the reader with little direction on how to read the book. However, the book concludes with a one-page advertisement for three other books of war poetry also published by George Allen & Unwin, including A Gallipoli Diary by Major Graham Gillam, another first-hand account of battle. Any Soldier to His Son contains eighteen poems, ranging in length but written primarily in rhyming couplets. Notable titles include “Any Soldier to His Son,” “To My Mate,” and “By Green Envelope,” addressed to the poet’s beloved wife. The subject matter of Willis’ poetry revolves around the experiences of a soldier, both during and after the war. Willis investigates the change in a soldier brought on by combat, and the book ends with “A Testament,” in which the soldier is asking for peace in death. In the progression of the poems, Willis is arguably imagining himself as a mouthpiece for all soldiers. Through his poetry, he seeks to help civilians better understand what it meant to be on the front lines …
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Selected Poems, Lady Margaret Sackville]

Description: Photographs of Selected Poems by Lady Margaret Sackville, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is dark brown with the spine tan in color, with the title on the spine in a worn label. Image 2, "The Peacemakers" and "The Fighters" poems on pages 136 and 137. Lady Margaret Sackville was a British poet born on 24 December 1881 in Mayfair, London. Her talents appeared early on her life: at six she wrote in verse and at sixteen she performed on the stage. The book’s history of ownership is revealed through a bookplate and a signature on the front end sheet. The bookplate bears the name of the first owner, William Marchbank, while the signature reveals the second owner Donald Thomas. The book is bound with light brown cloth on the spine over dark brown boards, and is printed on handmade woven paper, something that is quite unusual in 1919. Physically, the book is in excellent condition, and it does not appear that its first owner actually read the book: the leaves remain uncut, meaning that the pages are joined together at the top as they were when the large sheet of paper was folded to make the individual gatherings of the book. Sackville divided her book into three sections, forging the first two about home and peace, while the third communicates how civilians at home depict the warfare. The poems in the first section portray nature in highly metaphorical language which lends a dreamlike quality to the poems. By contrast, the poems in the second section are written in dramatic style using stage directions and character tags. In the third section, Sackville begins with short poems that use themes of courage, bravery and patriotism, but the section concludes with poems on the theme of death and massacres which dominate …
Date: September 16, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Images of Desire]

Description: Photographs of "Images of Desire" by Richard Aldington, held by UNT Special Collections. The first image is of the title page. Image 2, two poems on pages 28 and 29. The left page is titled "A Soldiers Song" and the page on the right titled "Absence."
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Counter-attack: and other poems]

Description: Photographs of "Counter-Attack: And Other Poems" by Siegfried Sassoon, held by UNT Special Collections. The book is worn and brown, with the title printed in brown ink on a label, the wording framed by brown lines. Image 2, with page 20 titled "How To Die" on the left and page 21 on the right titled "The Effect." This copy of Siegfried Sassoon’s collection of poems, Counter-Attack and Other Poems, is a 1919 reprinting of the original 1918 edition, published by E.P. Dutton and Company in New York. The binding is made of brown paper over boards, parts of which have begun to chip away. As a decorated officer known for his heroic, often perilous, actions on the battlefield, Sassoon wrote poems that vividly depict his experience in the trenches. Counter-Attack and The Old Huntsman (Sassoon’s first published collection of war poetry, referenced on the title page) mark the transition from his earlier, highly romanticized poetry, and would go on to solidify him as one of the era’s most influential poets. A thorough description of this transition in Sassoon’s work is given in the introduction by fellow soldier-poet and friend, Robert Nichols. The poems in this collection give the reader an up-close account of the graphic horrors of World War I, and signal the departure from the glorification of war. As with volumes by other soldier poets, Sassoon’s Counter-Attack would usher in the cold, fragmented beginnings of modernist literature.
Date: January 17, 2017
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[The Years Between]

Description: Photographs of "The Years Between" by Rudyard Kipling, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover of the book is pale pink with the front framed by double dark blue lines. The title and author are printed at the top in blue, followed by a drawing of a soldier in uniform sitting down with papers in his hand. Image 2, text titled "Epitaphs" on page 135 of the book.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Victory Liberty Loan medallion, World War I]

Description: Photographs of a Victory Liberty Loan medallion, held by UNT Special Collections. The back of the coin reads: "Made from captured German cannon. Awarded by the U.S. Treasury Department for patriotic service in [sic] behalf of the Liberty Loans." Image 2, front of this medallion that shows the U.S. Treasury building and a bald eagle below it.
Date: December 1, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Forgotten Places]

Description: Photographs of "Forgotten Places" by Ian Mackenzie, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover of the book is grey, with the spine exposing some green paper. The front of the cover is framed by a black line, with the author and title at the top in black and the publishing information at the bottom. Image 2, "Peace" and "Desire," poems one pages 60 and 61. Image 3, frontispiece and title page. The frontispiece has a photo of a young man, with the name "Ian Mackenzie" signed under it.
Date: September 16, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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