World War I Collection Shows People at Camp Taylor

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Two soldiers standing with a nurse at Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville. From the Loulie Richardson Papers, Graphic14_Box1_FF1_1.

World War I nurses, wounded soldiers, hospital facilities and other areas of military camps are featured in a newly cataloged and digitized Kentucky Historical Society collection.

The Loulie Richardson Collection contains photographs and documents collected by Richardson, a Barren County native, while working at Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and Camp McPherson in Fort McPherson, Georgia.

Both Camp Zachary Taylor and Camp McPherson were training bases during World War I. Camp Taylor was built in late summer 1917, six miles south-southeast of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. One of the largest military training camps in the United States at the time, more than 150,000 men were trained there and a total of 250,000 were housed there at some point during its three-year lifespan.

Camp McPherson, located in southwest Atlanta and built in 1885, served multiple roles during World War I. It was there that Richardson operated the base newspaper, possibly after Camp Taylor closed.

Researchers can come into the library to see the collection in person by requesting it at the reference desk.  Images also are available for browsing online.

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