A banner for an online exhibit with the title "Hopkins and the Great War". A red star sits in the center of the title. Behind the title are black and white images of soldiers in uniform sitting on marble steps.

In September 2016, we launched a multi-campus program examining World War I’s effect on the early 20th century Johns Hopkins community: the Homewood campus; the School of Nursing; the Johns Hopkins Hospital; and the schools of Medicine and Public Health. Explore the comprehensive online exhibit to learn the stories of remarkable individuals as well as the struggles and experiences shared by many in the Hopkins community as they confronted “The War to End All Wars.”

World War I (1914-1918) had a deep impact on Johns Hopkins University and its surrounding community. Students and faculty enlisted as soldiers, intelligence officers, and medical personnel. The university’s female patrons, faculty, and students traveled abroad to participate in nursing and war relief. Before, during, and after America’s entry into the conflict, World War I challenged Hopkins intellectuals’ ideas about the international world order, the problem of war, and the role of the university and hospital in wartime.


The Hopkins and the Great War exhibit opened in Fall 2016 in three locations: The Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus, the School of Nursing Anne M. Pinkard Building, and the William H. Welch Medical Library. Drawing on the university’s rich archives, these exhibits explored World War I’s impact on different members of the Hopkins community. The physical exhibits concluded in early 2017, but our digital exhibit preserves the content of each exhibit site.

Digital Exhibit

The digital Hopkins and the Great War exhibit brings together documents and artifacts displayed in the three physical exhibits in a comprehensive digital resource. It also documents the events associated with the exhibits and media coverage of the Hopkins and the Great War project.