The Smithsonian Institution has created The Great War as a small selection from its digital library. The 28 digitized books cover a wide variety of subjects, from military handbooks, books about the war industry and aircraft to the famous war cartoons of Louis Ramaekers and music. These books were mainly printed in the USA and the United Kingdom.
The digital library of the Smithsonian Libraries contains some 27,000 digitized books on a total of 1,5 million books, and 400,000 smaller publications (ephemera, pamphlets, etc.). You can browse in the digital library for subjects of books. For the subject World War 1914-1918 you will find some 90 digitized books. There is a list of thematic digital book collections.
The Great War
The digital collection The private archive of the Lazic family is the fruit of support from the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library for a project (EAP 833) at the University Library ‘Svetozar Markovic’ in Belgrad to save and digitize the fragile items in the private archive and library of the Lazic family in Belgrad. The First World War looms large in this collection, with rare law books by Geca Kon, rare Serbian periodicals, for example Serbian newspapers printed in Curfu and Thessaloniki, pamphlets, municipal decrees, archival records and books. Some 50,000 pages are being digitized. The overview of files is a simple list with the titles of digitized items; for some books you can choose the relevant part, but there is no search function.
You can follow the Endangered Archives Programme on its blog at the British Library.
The private archive of the Lazic family
The virtual exhibition En guerre: French illustrators and World War I has been created in 2014 by the University of Chicago Library. The exhibition looks at some major aspects of the First World War, such as the Allied powers and the Centrals, but also at the home front and children. The images show book covers, images from illustrated books, postcards and posters. There is a printed catalogue for the original exhibition.
En guerre: French illustrators and World War I
The digital collection La 1ère Guerre vue de Paris has been created by Odile Gaultier Voituriez. The collection gives an edition of 1020 letters exchanged during the First World War between two men in Paris, Étienne Bandy de Nalèche (1865-1947), a former diplomat who became the owner and editor-in-chief of the influential Journal des Débats, and Pierre Lebaudy (1865-1929), an industrial entrepeneur, philantrope and art collector. The original letters are mainly kept at the Archives d’histoire contemporaine, Centre d’histoire of Sciences Po in Paris [Fonds Étienne de Nalèche]. The list of other relevant sources and the extensive bibliography merit attention. The letters are posted in a sequence which gives you a day-to-day idea of this correspondance. You can select letters by month of publication.
La 1ère Guerre vue de Paris
The World War I Collection: Posters has been created by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. This digital collection contains 12,300 posters published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Russia, Italy, Austria, Canada and Hungary, to mention here only the countries with more than 100 posters in this collection. The size and variety of this collection is extraordinary. There are several filters to make a selection (e.g. country of origin, language, creator) and you can set the time period. For 1914-1918 there are some 10,600 items. The results can be viewed in a list or in a grid. It is possible to create a user account, to save your search questions and create your own collections. This collections can only be viewed with an English interface.
World War I Collection: Posters
The portal World War I – Library of Congress is a section of the vast website of the Library of Congress. This portal offers easy access to the various digital collections of the Library of Congress concerning the First World War. You can choose the featured collection, pick your favourite from the overview of collections or select one by resource type and format. You can also visit vortual exhibitions. There is a special First World War research guide, a blog and an events calendar, and there is also a section for teachers.
Several of the individual digital collections of the Library of Congress are featured here in separate entries.
World War I – Library of Congress
The digital collection World War I: Declarations of War from Around the Globe has been created by the Law Library of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The collection brings you some twenty declarations of war declared between 1914 and 1918, and additional documents, in particular concerning the American involvement. In some cases the documents are taken from source editions, in other cases you can see the official publication in national gazettes or special proclamations.
You can find more collections of the Library of Congress concerning the First World War at its topical portal.
World War I: Declarations of War from Around the Globe