The virtual exhibition Des facultés sur le front du droit. Les facultés de droit dans la Grande Guerre has been created by the Bibliothèque Cujas of the law faculty at the Université Paris-1, the Centre des Recherches Critiques sur le Droit at the Université de Saint-Etienne and the Centre Toulousain d’Histoire de Droit et des Idées Politiques. The virtual exhibition is organized around four themes: institutions, people, intellectual mobilisation, and thinking about war and peace. You will read here about the attitude of institutions, the actions of students and professors, the impact of the First World War on legal thinking, the role of lawyers in influencing public opinion and the role of French law professors during the peace negociations, and also about remembrance. Concise bibliographies have been added to each subject.
The virtual exhibition Medicine in World War I has been created by Yale University Library. This exhibition aims at giving an overall picture with documents of the role of medicine during the First World War. Thus not only the developments in surgery to heal wounds come into view, but also the impact of diseases, and not only the influenza pandemic of 1918. There is attention for diseases such as trench fever and poisoining by gas, and also for nursing and the psychological impact of fighting. You can look at a list of other virtual exhibitions on the theme of medicine during the First World War. The bibliography contains for a number of titles links to online versions.
The set of thematic research guides for archival research concerning the First World War is part of the Cendari portal for a collective European digital archival infrastructure. The core of the Cendari portal is the creation of a directory of archives in Europe and their collections. A second service is the creation of archival research guides. In this section you can find sixteen guides concerning the First World War. These guides deal for instance with prisoners of war, the importance of diaries and personal narratives, the role of women, religion, coercion in the armies, medicine and workers’ movements. Poland and Russia are among the countries receiving particular attention. There are also nine similar guides for research on medieval history and (religious) culture.
The digital collection Elsie Blanche Augustine has been created by the University at Buffalo-The State University of New York. Elsie Blanche Augustine (1885-1970) was a Canadian nurse, who had been trained as a nurse in Buffalo. She served during the First World War mainly at the Base Hospital 23 in Vittel, a town in the French departement Vosges. This hospital was supported by the city of Buffalo. The collection with 175 items contains mainly photographs taken during the First World War, most of them taken in Vittel, and some personal papers. Some photographs were taken at La Baule (Loire-Atlantique) after the war.
The digital collection Maps of the Ottoman Empire has been created by the Digital Library for International Research. The collection contains 19 maps held by the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR) in Jerusalem. The maps were created between 1839 and 1906, brought together in 1915 by the British Intelligence Division War Office, and published by the British War Office. The maps show mainly the eastern and southern part of the Ottoman empire, now Iraq and Syria, and there are maps for Lebanon and Jordany.
The research guide La Primera Guerra Mundial en los Archivos Estatales [The First World War in the State Archives] has been created by the Spanish Centro de Información Documental de Archivos in cooperation with the Archivo Histórico Nacional (AHN, Madrid), the Archivo General de la Administración (AGA, Alcalá de Henares), the Centro Documental de la Memoria Histórica (CDMH, Salamanca) and the Archivo General de Palacio in Madrid, the Spanish royal archives. During the First World War Spain remained a neutral country. The guide opens with a section on the period 1895-1914 during which Spain lost wars in the Philippines and Morocco. The second section looks at Spain’s role during the war as a neutral country, providing for example humanitarian aid. There are sections for events, institutions and journals, and for persons. In the section Fuentes documentales you are guided to selected archival series in four state archives, and there is a bibliography. This research guide can be viewed only in Spanish.
The virtual exhibition La Guerre 14-18 has been created in 2014 by the Bibliothèque nationale de France on its subdomain for virtual exhibitions. The exhibition has four sections. In the first section you can look at various images, including posters and modern photos of places mentioned in the diaries of soldier Louis Barthas. The second section, L’Europe en 14, looks at the situation of Europe in 1914. The third section, La guerre à l’horizon, concerns pacifists and social movements, and the role and image of the military in 1914. The fourth section Le choc looks at the impact of the outbreak of war on an European scale developing into the Great War. The exposition is accompanied by a section for educators, with for example a chronology of 1914. This exhibition can be viewed in French and English.
The database War Memorials Online aims at presenting a digital resource for finding war memorials in the United Kingdom, supported by the War Memorials Trust. This database contains currently some 40,000 memorials. The general public is invited to point out memorials not yet included and to report on the condition of memorials. You can use a keyword search and a location search for finding memorials. You can set filters for their condition and for the conflict commemorated. For the First World War well over 10,000 memorials are currently included. The results appear in a zoomable map. The status, type, location, setting, description and lettering are noted in brief statements, as are the conflict(s) commemorated and further information.
The digital collection Vojaške žrtve 1. svetovne vojne na Slovenskem [Military victims of the First World War in Slovenia] is a project hosted by the Slovenian digital history platform Sistory. In this project three archives, the Arhiv Republike Slovenije [National Archives of Slovenia], the Nadškofijski arhiv Ljubljana [Archiepiscopal Archive, Ljubljana] and the Zgodovinski arhiv Ljubljana [State Archive Ljubljana] work together with thirteen museums. The core of the project is a database in which you can search using the free text field, set filters or browse the victims (Vse žrtve). Their names, first names, date of birth, date of death, location and country of residence, and their military unit are given. Currently the database contains records for some 26,000 soldiers. As for now the database can only be viewed in Slovenian, an English interface is under construction.
The website of the project Tracing the Belgian refugees has been created by the University of Leeds in partnership with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and University College London. The project aims at creating a database concerning Belgian refugees who came during the First World War to the United Kingdom. Anyone can contribute information about refugees and their lives in exile. The database is supported by a blog, and there are also scholarly events on the research concerning the Belgian refugees. The database has four main fields: name, UK address, date of arrival and date of departure. You can use a general search field or add a new record to the database. The website can only be viewed in English.
The project is associated with the Online Centre for Research on Belgian Refugees.