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The Texas Digital Archive (TDA) contains a wide variety of records, from government agency records to privately donated manuscripts. Each set of materials is held within the section of the TDA it is directly associated with. For example, photographs from the Department of Public Safety are held within the Department of Public Safety records in the Texas State Agencies section of the archive and not the Prints and Photographs section.  As the materials held in the TDA continue to expand, more are becoming available along thematic lines of subject interests.

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World War I

World War I

More than 198,000 Texans answered the call to join the Allied Forces in an effort to defeat the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria. Although many Americans favored neutrality, the details found in a top-secret, coded communiqué between Mexico and Germany, called the Zimmerman Telegram, hinted at a possible pact to regain lost territories in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. The threat of German soldiers on southwestern soil was enough to provoke the United States to declare war on April 6, 1917. Before long, Doughboys were shipping off by the dozen to dig trenches and do their part “Over There.”

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