Records Relating to World War I | Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs
The American Field Service (AFS) was founded after the outbreak of World War I, when young Americans living in Paris volunteered as ambulance drivers at the American Hospital of Paris. AFS participated in every major French battle with the French Armies, and the 2,500 American volunteers carried munitions and supplies as well as more than 500,000 wounded. AFS ceased to exist as an independent ambulance organization in World War I when the United States entered the war in 1917.
Record Group 1 includes official correspondence, diaries and letters of ambulance drivers, identification cards, maps, negatives, lantern slides, photographs and photographic albums, military apparel, and memorabilia related to the establishment of AFS and their participation in World War I.