J. Patras, WWI Photographs
Title: J. Patras, WWI
Quantity: 99 photographs
Collection Number: MS 0283
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Preferred Citation: J. Patras, WWI Photographs (MS 0283). Archives & Special Collections,
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Scope and Content:
Photographs taken by J. Patras in France and surrounding areas during World War I.
The photographs illustrate areas of France affected by the war, soldiers in camps
and bunkers, cemeteries and burials, hospitals, churches and trenches. Too see the
photographs visit the Patras WWI Photographs.
World War I, 1914-1918
World War I, 1914 1918 France
Series 1: Photographs, Box 1
This collection contains black and white photographs of war scenes in France
during World War I. The photographs are arranged according to the group name
and number assigned to them by the creator. Group B contains images of
Allied cemeteries and a shelled American outpost. The photographs in group C
show soldiers outside of field hospitals, inspecting damaged buildings,
preparing burials and soldiers sitting in trenches. There are also several
photographs of cemeteries and shelled churches. Group L contains photographs
showing patient treatments inside hospitals, destroyed buildings and the
outside of a field hospital. The photograph in group N depicts a cathedral
at Reims before 1916. There are more photographs of this cathedral taken
after 1916 when the cathedral was nearly destroyed by bombs or artillery
shells. The photographs in group P show the remains of Fort La Pompelle,
south of Reims on 1 Oct. 1918 and the Arc de Triumphe in Paris. There are
several photographs in Group R; most show destroyed buildings and bridges.
There are also photographs of the damaged cathedral at Reims, a downed
airplane in a field, and German graffitti inside a French building. Group S
contains only two photographs that depict the nearly destroyed Soissons
Cathedral. The photographs in group V mainly depict destroyed or damaged
buildings. They also show ambulance trucks parked on roads, French and
American soldiers in the field, first aid stations, and cemeteries.
The number of photographs in each group is listed in parenthesis in the
Box 1. Photographs, group B (6), group C (38), group L (7), group N (1),
group P (5), group R (22), group S (2), group V (18)