The Illinois State Archives serves by law as the depository of public records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies. This collection (RS 301.110) consists of maps used during World War I and brought back to Illinois by the 33rd Infantry Division of the Illinois National Guard. The 33rd Infantry Division was federalized in July of 1917 and was the only division from the Illinois National Guard to fight in the war as its own unit. These maps are the only known maps to survive the war and provide a great insight into the situation faced by the 33rd during the war. The collection was transferred from the Illinois National Guard to the State Archives in 1958. The collection is primarily made up of American and French intelligence maps but does include one German propaganda poster (#35). The maps vary in information and include topographical information, trench locations, enemy troop and supply locations, and placement of allied units as the war neared its end in October and November of 1918.
Related 33rd Infantry material available at the State Archives includes daily correspondence of battlefield orders (October-November 1918); enemy organization maps (September-November 1918); and battlefield intelligence maps (October-November 1918).
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Materials in this collection are made available by the Illinois State Archives. To request reproductions or inquire about permissions, contact: Illinois State Archives, Norton Building, Capitol Complex, Springfield, IL 62756, telephone: 217-782-4682. Please cite the item title and collection name.