Knights of Columbus Archives

World War I

The World War I files (1916-1986) document the involvement of the Knights of Columbus in military camp welfare work from 1916-19 and include material relating to the Knights’ pilgrimage after the war to Metz, France.

During the war the Knights’ Committee on War Activities provided “huts” with the slogan “Everybody Welcome, Everything Free” and staffed by a secretary and a chaplain.

Stationery, candy, cigarettes and entertainment were provided for all, as well as Catholic religious services.

Educational programs were sponsored by the Knights for returning soldiers.

Included is an October 1917 article from The Columbiad, precursor to Columbia magazine, regarding the efforts of the Knights of Columbus War Committee, and this Knights of Columbus War Work pamphlet dated Nov. 19, 1918.