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Trench and Camp Newspaper

A nearly complete run of the Camp Upton (Long Island, N.Y.) edition of Trench and Camp, a newspaper published by the National War Work Council of the YMCA, in partnership with various city newspapers, for soldiers during WWI. The paper was printed in different editions for each of the many camps, with about half the material supplied weekly from a central editorial office, and half by local reporters. Its purpose was “to print the news, to inform, to stimulate, and to help relieve the tedium and monotony of camp life” for soldiers, as well as “to be a graphic account of the life of our soldiers, whether they be drilling or fighting, at home or ‘over there’” for civilians. In addition, each Trench and Camp was a channel of communication to the troops from the President, Congress, and War Department.