Category Archives: Portals

Discovering Anzacs

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The digital portal Discovering Anzacs is the fruit of cooperation between the National Archives of Australia and the Archives of New Zealand. The portal brings together government archival records concerning the participation of soldiers from Australia and New Zealand during the First World War, in particular at Gallipoli, and also in the Boer War in South Africa. You can browse records, read group stories, follow the timelines or look for particular locations using an interactive map. The image gallery contains photographs stemming from a crowdsourcing action. With the advanced serach mode you can tune your search questions. Under Learn you will find educational resources.

At the Anzac Portal you can find more links to websites and portals about the Anzacs.

Discovering Anzacs

World War I – Library of Congress

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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

World War I Centennial

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The World War I Centennial portal has been created by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the entrance on April 6, 1917 of the United States into the First World War. The portal has many features, ranging from timelines, genealogical records, collections about a number of themes such as technology, training, medicine, battlefields, the homefront and remembrance, to an app (Remembering WW1), crowdsourcing for transcribing records and educational resources. The portal offers also links to digital collections elsewhere. You can view this portal only in English.

World War I Centennial

Gallipoli – Century Ireland

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The digital collection Gallipoli – Century Ireland is part of the Century Ireland project of RTE, the Irish radio and television. This project concerning the Irish involvement in the First World War focuses on the Irish soldiers serving in the expedition to Gallipoli. In the collection you will find maps, aerial photographs and galleries with photos, drawings, works of art and posters. There are entries from regimental diaries and eyewitness accounts. The guides lead you to themes such as the home front, decorations for courageous actions, remembrance, the role of the Royal Navy and the Turkish army.  There are also are interviews with historians, videos and films. Educational resources are also presented in this collection, and there is a section with a bibliography and links to relevant websites.

Gallipoli – Century Ireland

La Grande Guerra Più 100

Logo La Grande Guerra + 100The digital collection La Grande Guerra Più 100 [The Great War 100 Years On] has been created by the Università di Trento as an educational project to which scholars from several Italian and other universities (Innsbruck, Cracow, Montpellier) contributed. The core of the project is a calendar providing information about the First World War in a particular month exactly 100 years ago. There are biographies of politicians, military leaders and public persons. Infographs and photographic dossiers shed light on a number of themes. There are also sections with testimonies and thematic contributions. The worldwide impact of the First World War comes into relief, but also both the Western and Eastern fronts in Europe. The website can be viewed in Italian and English.

La Grande Guerra Più 100

The Battle of Jutland Centenary Initiative

Logo Jutland 1916The portal The Battle of Jutland Centenary Initiative has been created to commemorate in 2016 the naval battle of May 31-June 1, 1916 between the British Royal Navy and the German Hochseeflotte off the Danish coast. At its center are a 25 minute animation video showing the actual battle, its background and impact, and the new study by Nick Jellicoe, grandson of the British naval commander admiral Jellicoe. The portal has databases on the ships and their crews. There are maps, teaching materials and sources, and a detailed web directory for the naval history of the First World War. In a crowdsourcing project the public is asked to help decipher and translate fragile German books dealing with the Battle of Jutland printed with the Fraktur type. The website can only be viewed in English.

The Battle of Jutland Centenary Initiative

Grand Mémorial

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The portal Grand Mémorial is part of the website Culture, the main portal of the French government for information about and research in French cultural institutions. At least thirty French archives contribute to the Grand Mémorial. The main aim of this portal is to help genealogical research, The website gives quick access to several databases, more precisely for unit diaries (journaux des marches et opérations), regimental registers (registres matricule) kept at the French regional archives (archives départementales), information about soldiers killed in action (Morts pour la France) and their graves (sépultures), war monuments as provided at Mémoire des hommes, and also La Grande Collecte, a crowdsourcing project for documents and memorabilia, an initiative of French archives. There is a simple search mode for finding people with their name and family name, and an advanced search mode with more filter options (date, department, country, source, etc.). The Grand Mémorial portal can be searched in French, English and Spanish; the background information is given only in French.

At Digital1418 there are detailed descriptions concerning Mémoire des hommes (unit diaries, graves, soldiers killed in action) and La Grande Collecte.

Grand Mémorial