List of Prospective War Museum Exhibits

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List of Prospective War Museum Exhibits prepared by William Henry Holmes for the US National Museum after WWI.


  • United States National Museum
  • War Collection


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The US National Museum instituted a significant effort to collect material related to WWI during the war's final years and immediately after the war. These materials were immediately put on prominent display throughout the US National Museum.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, Box 194, Folder: 2

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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  • WW I
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Museums
  • Museum exhibits


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  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2014-06996 and SIA2014-06997 and SIA2014-06998 and SIA2014-06999 and SIA2014-07000 and SIA2014-07001

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Number of Images: 6 Color: Color Size: 8.5w x11h Type of Image: Memorandum Medium: Paper

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List of Prospective War Museum Exhibits Prepared by Prof. Holmes. [[Clerical Stamp]] Office of Administrative Asst. [[handwritten in stamp]] 4530 [[initials over numbers]] [[/end handwritten in stamp]] U.S. National Museum [[/end Clerical Stamp]] Aeroplanes of all types: Pictures of British, American, German and others. Air Guns of varied types; Used by the French for destroying trench torpedoes. Aircraft guns. Air Ships: Picture of British coastal air ship after a trip looking for German submarines. Ambulance Service: Pictures of mobile hospital, ambulances, sterilizing and disinfecting wagons. Anti Aircraft Guns: Pictures representing types used on our own coast, on the Belgian front, French and British. British aircraft gun in action in a French village. Archeology: Correspondence relative to collecting archeological and skeletal remains in France and Germany. Personal Armor: Newspaper clippings showing armor for our soldiers. Fencing costume for Troop C at Ft. Myer, Va. Tanks used by the Italians to protect them from the Austrian machine-gun fire. Designing of armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by experts. Balloons, Zeppelin, Observation Balloons: American parachute on the Lorraine sector with an American crew directing and regulating artillery fire. Observation dirigibles looking for submarines. French aero corps maneuvering a captive balloon. Tuning up one of the engines of the dirigibles at Pensacola. Balloons dropping the President's address in Teuton lines.
2 Barbed Wire and Appliances: Showing our "Soldiers of the Sea" how to construct barbed wire entanglements. Bombs of Many Types* Cartoons Camouflage Camp Outfits and Tents Catapults - Throwing Devices Cavalry Outfits Cemeteries - Tombs Chemicals and Their Appliances Correspondence Defensive Works - Models, photographs, plans. Dentistry-Appliances Dirigibles Balloons Diving Appliances Dreadnaughts Equipment - Cavalry, Infantry, etc. Examinations - Appliances: Mental and Physical.
3 Field Glasses Fire Engines Flag[[strikethrough]] e [[/strikethrough]]s, Banners of all Nations Food Supply - Cooking, Serving and Preserving Appliances Games of all Types Gases - Chemical weapons, appliances, Defensive Devices Hand Grenades Historical Objects and Trophies; all classes of objects connected with persons and events of special historical interest. Hospital Service Langley Aeroplane Laundry Work Library Lifting and Excavating Machines Liquid Fire Listening Device Machine Guns
4 Magnifying Glasses Manufacture of War Supplies Medals - Awards, Prizes and Badges Megophone Mementos - Articles of vast range having associations of special interest Messenger Service Mines Miscellany Models - Reproductions on a reduced scale of all objects too large to be shown. Money - Of all varieties and peoples Motors of all types Motor Cars Monuments Mortars Musical Instruments Munitions Naval Vessels - Models Ordnance, Cannon, Howitzers, Mortars, Field Guns
5 Parachutes Peoples - Nations - Races Periscopes Photo Appliances Pictorial - Photographs, Paintings, Drawings and Engravings Pistols, Revolvers, etc. Portraits Postal Service Projectiles - Bullets, Cartridges, bombs, hand grenades, shells, etc. Quadrants Red Cross Rockets Search Lights Battleships, etc. Signal Service Small Arms Submarines Surgery
6 Swords Tanks of all Types Technologic Instruction Technological Stunts Telephones Telescopes Tents Time Keepers Torpedoes Torpedo Boats Transportation Training Trenches Trolleys Uniforms of all kinds The Allied War Exposition