[PW] PTSD in WWI veterans

Leslie Swigart LeslieKay.Swigart at csulb.edu
Thu Oct 6 18:50:57 PDT 2016

Kevin and Wombats:

If your friend would like to explore the research and other scholarly materials related to PTSD (under various names) and WWI, the PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress database would be a good place to start.  It was created by librarian Fred Lerner at the White River Junction VA library where the National Center for PTSD is located.  Now that Fred is retired, it is still sponsored by them and continues to be developed by their librarians.

The database is available (as a freebie) on the ProQuest platform (and possibly others).  The VA has info about the database, and a link to the free/public version:


Your friend might wish to start by searching the string "world war I" which currently yields 336 items.  A search of ("world war I" and ("personal narrative" or "personal interview" or "oral history" or "oral histories" or letter or letters")) yields 10 items.  A perusal of the PILOTS Thesaurus may help bring other useful terms to mind.

Note:  The PTSD literature covered in PILOTS is not limited to just military veterans, so anyone studying traumatic stress would find it very useful.


Leslie Kay Swigart, Librarian Emerita, California State University, Long Beach, and ABD (and still dissertating!), Information Studies, UCLA

LeslieKay.Swigart at csulb.edu


Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 12:07:20 -0400
From: "Kevin O'Kelly" rkokelly at gmail.com
Subject: [PW] accounts of PTSD/other disorders in *American* World War I veterans?


I am doing research on behalf of a friend who's writing a novel partly set in the US in the years immediately after WWI.

She wants some accounts of the psychological experiences of American veterans in the postwar years

I told her to read Hemingway's "Soldier's Home" for a portrayal of the alienation experienced by many former doughboys.

I've also been looking online and searching catalogs for any letters, diaries or memoirs of members of the AEF. I have also been looking through histories of the 1920s. No luck.

I realize given the time period many men would be reticent about any kind of trauma they were experiencing, so this could well be something difficult to find.

I would appreciate any help any of you can provide.

Thanks in advance,


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