The YMCA and World War I

The YMCA played a key role supporting US armed forces and providing services to prisoners of war during the First World War. Explore the resources documenting its activities.


A selected list of books on YMCA and WWI (focusing primarily on the American YMCA movement's role) is below.  For more information, search the University of Minnesota Library's online catalog or contact the Kautz Family YMCA Archives.

Other Publications

Other Publications

  • Trench and Camp Newspaper The Kautz Family YMCA Archives holds thirty different editions of Trench and Camp, a newspaper published by the YMCA's National War Work Council for various U.S. Army camps during World War I.The full text contents of the Camp Upton (Long Island, NY) and Camp Cody (Deming, NM) editions have been digitized and are freely available online »See the finding aid for more information on and access to these records

Other Media

For more information on the items below, contact the Kautz Family YMCA Archives.

  • Audio Tape: Berlin, Irving--"You Can Always Find a Little Sunshine in the YMCA", European War 1914-1918
  • Artifacts: The YMCA Archives Memorabilia Collection includes dozens of World War I-related items, including uniforms, pins, patches, medals, flags, and other items. »See the finding aid for more information on these records


Last Updated: Jul 9, 2021 12:03 PM