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Sources on Popular Songs of World War I

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Blake, Eric Charles. Wars, dictators and the gramophone, 1898-1945. York, UK: William Sessions, 2004.

Parker, Bernard S. World War I sheet music: 9,670 patriotic songs published in the United States, 1914-1920, with more than 600 covers illustrated. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007.

Vogel, Frederick G. World War I songs: A history and dictionary of popular American patriotic tunes, with over 300 complete lyrics. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1995.

Watkins, Glenn. Proof through the night: Music and the great war. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

WWI Sheet Music

World War I sheet music from Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 (Library of Congress/Duke University)

World War I sheet music from Indiana University Sheet Music collections

Selected Primary Sources Related to World War I

Documents of World War I (Mt. Holyoke)

A Guide to World War I Materials (Library of Congress)

Voices and Music of World War I (University of Missouiri, Kansas City)

World War I Resources (UCSB Special Collections)

World War I Poster Collection (University of North Texas)

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