Category Archives: Series

Short projects comprising several posts focused around a particular topic.

Three nurses and a dog pose wear white with the red cross symbol outside a red cross tent. April 06

World War I Centenary Forum: A Call to Service

Ginny A. Roth, will speak at 2 PM ET today, April 6 in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium on “A Call to Service: Women Represented in American Red Cross Posters and Postcards During World War I” as part of the Library’s World War I Centenary Forum. Circulating Now interviewed her about her work. Circulating Now: […]

A group of nurses pose in a city. April 05

World War I Centenary Forum: The Frances Dupuy Fletcher Photo Album

Stephen J. Greenberg, will speak at 2 PM ET on April 6 in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium on “The Frances Dupuy Fletcher Photo Album” as part of the Library’s World War I Centenary Forum. Circulating Now interviewed him about his work. Circulating Now: Please tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? […]

A bearded man holds a mask by his face. April 04

World War I Centenary Forum: Masking Devastation

Sarah Eilers, will speak at 2 PM ET on April 6 in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium on “Masking Devastation: Inside Anna Ladd’s Paris Studio” as part of the Library’s World War I Centenary Forum. Circulating Now interviewed her about her work. Circulating Now: Please tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? […]

The Medical Department of the United States Army in the World War April 03

World War I Centenary Forum: Stories from the NLM Collections

By Jeffrey S. Reznick and Anne Rothfeld One hundred years ago, on April 2, 1917, US President Woodrow Wilson spoke to the US Congress requesting a declaration of war against Germany, arguing that “the world must be made safe for democracy.”  Four days later, on April 6, Congress declared war on Germany and her allies. […]

A pass of heavy paper or cloth with grommets at the corners. December 06

A Nurse’s Scrapbook from The Great War

By Stephen J. Greenberg Anniversaries can be funny things. As we observe (“celebrate” somehow seems wrong in the context) the 100th anniversary of the First World War, it’s not always easy to pick a precise date to mark. What day, exactly, did the war begin? Was it June 28, 1914, the day the Archduke Franz […]

October 20

The Punitive Expedition, 1916

By Stephen J. Greenberg The political situation in Mexico, always a matter of great concern to the United States, was particularly volatile in late 1915 and early 1916.  There were several revolutionary armies in the field, fighting the remnants of the government of Victoriano Huerta as well as each other.  The fragmented opposition, with a […]

Colored botanical illustration of a dandelion plant. April 14

Some of the Most Beautiful Herbals

By Michael North This post is the sixth in a series exploring the National Library of Medicine’s rich and varied collection of “herbals,” which are books devoted to the description of medicinal plants (and sometimes other natural substances) with instructions on how to use them to treat illness. The Library’s herbals are some of the […]