A guide to an online collection of digitized items from Northfield History Collaborative partners that document the World War I era in Northfield and Rice County, Minnesota.
Creator: Northfield History Collaborative.
Title: World War I in Northfield and Rice County Collection.
Dates: Originals created c. 1915-1920, with some outliers from the 1930s and 1940s. Digitized copies of the originals were created in 2017.
Language: Materials in English; one document in French.
Abstract: Digitized photographs, documents, and artifacts documenting the experiences of Northfield-area groups and individuals during the World War I era, at home and abroad.
Quantity: 503 unique items, including both single pages and multi-paged documents.
Location: Access files reside online via the Northfield History Collaborative. Master digital files are saved on multiple servers at the Northfield Historical Society.
Scope and Contents
Many of the Northfield History Collaborative’s partner organizations in Northfield and Rice County own materials from the World War I era. Their relevant documents have been digitized and grouped together in this online set of items that share a common theme – World War I – as well as a standard set of subjects. A variety of media types is represented in this online collection, including text documents, still images, artifacts, and even sheet music. The online collection items document the experiences of individuals from the Northfield and Rice County area who served during the war in various branches of the military, in the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations, and on the home front.
Text Documents: 325 unique items, including soldier records, pamphlets, official documents, college yearbooks, letters, postcards, memoirs, minutes, bound volumes, newspaper clippings, and more.
Still Images: 119 unique items, including photographs, posters, and illustrations.
Artifacts: 46 unique items, including uniform pieces, souvenirs, buttons, clothing, equipment, medals, and more.
Notated Music: 7 unique items
Mixed Material: 4 unique items
The digital items are organized based on their original partner collection. The documents are fully transcribed and their descriptive metadata are full-text searchable. All items share a standard set of locally assigned subject headings so that they can be found across all partner collections.
Partner Collection Items
Carleton College Historical Documents:
Selections from the Khaki & Blue Algol Yearbook
Selections from the scrapbook of Leo H. Triponel
City of Dundas:
Dundas Band & Military Company Official Documents
Photographs of the Dundas Bowery
First United Church of Christ:
Church Service Bulletins, 1917-1919
Vesper Service Program for Fred B. Hill
Northfield Historical Society:
Photographs & Postcards
Northfield News Clippings
Loose Papers, Diary Transcript, Memoir, & More
Selections from the Victory Viking Yearbook
American Legion Documents
Arthur N. Persons Letters
Fredrick A. Heiberg Letters, Photographs, Postcards
John S. Campbell Artifacts
Lawrence Gould Artifacts and Photographs
Rice County Historical Society:
Documents (Pamphlets, Recipes, etc.)
Individual Soldier Records created by the Rice County War Records Committee
Record of Soldiers from the World War Ledger created by the Rice County War Records Committee
St. John’s Lutheran Church:
Excerpts from Church and Ladies’ Aid Minutes
Roll of Honor Plaque
Book of a Century, 1869-1969
St. Olaf College:
Homer E. Mason Letters and Photographs
Three Links Care Center:
Regimental Roster for Company M, 351st Infantry
Veterans Memorial Dedication Program
Locally Assigned Subject Headings
- Red Cross
- American Legion
- Liberty Loans
- Home Front
- Company D, Minnesota National Guard
- Babcock, Fager M.
- Campbell, John S.
- Eiden, William A.
- Heiberg, Fredrick A.
- Mason, Homer E.
- Persons, Arthur N.
All partner organizations retain the rights to their materials on the Collaborative. Non-commercial uses are permitted. Other uses of the objects are governed by U.S. and international copyright law. Contact the partner organizations for permission to use this object.
- Primary Source Sets
- NHC History Blog Posts
View all digitized items in this online collection group on the Northfield History Collaborative.