Category Archives: Sources

Les marchés de guerre 14-18

Starts screen Les macrhés de guerre 14-18

The digital collection Les marchés de guerre 14-18 [Markets during the First World War] has been created by the French Ministry of Economic Affairs and its Centre des Archives Économiques et Financières (CAEF) at Savigny-le-Temple. On this website you can chose particular themes concerning French industries and public works (Recherche thematique) or a particular location (Recherche géographique) using an interactive map. A national commission investigated between 1933 and 1940  the workings of markets during the First World War. The section Focus brings you to four dossiers on major firms such as Peugeot and Michelin. The section Sources gives you a chronological overview of French legislation and information about themes such as taxation and war finance. You can also read an essay with background information by Béatrice Touchelay (Université Lille-3). This digital collection can only be viewed in French.

The CAEF has also created a portal site concerning the First World War and the French economy.

Les marchés de guerre 14-18

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Testaments de guerre de poilus parisiens (1914-1918)

An enveloppe of a soldier's will - AN, MC/ET/LIX/1094The digital collection Testaments de guerre de poilus parisiens (1914-1918) [War wills of Parisian soldiers, 1914-1918] is a project of the École nationale de Chartes in Paris, the famous French institution for the training of archivists. This collection offers a selection of wills created by soldiers from Paris during the First World War. The 134 wills edited here are kept at the Archives nationales de France. All wills stem from soldiers who died between 1914 and 1918 with the mention Mort pour la France. The collection is accompanied by an introduction, essays on numerous aspects concerning these wills, and a bibliography. You can search for the names of deceased soldiers and for the location of their death. The collections can only be viewed in French.

The École nationale des Chartes has digitized the commemorative publication L’École des Chartes et la Guerre (1914-1918): Livre d’Or (Paris 1921).

Testaments de guerre de poilus parisiens (1914-1918)

WWI Military Portraits

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The digital collection WWI Military Portraits is part of the digital image collections of the Milwaukee Public Library. The collection contains 33,000 items (photographs, typewritten volumes, and service records). There are some 6,000 photographs. The items were complied from collections of the American War Mothers Milwaukee County Chapter and the Milwaukee County Council of Defense. You can browse all items, filter the results using the free text search or using the subject filter. In the advanced search mode you can add search fields at will. Some items refer to the Canadian and Polish armies.

WWI Military Portraits

La 1ère Guerre vue de Paris

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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 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

La Grande Collecte

Logo La Grande CollecteThe digital project La Grande Collecte [The Great Collect] was an initiative in 2013 and 2014 launched by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Archives de France and the Mission Centenaire 1914-1918. In this crowdsourcing project the aim was inviting the general public to bring sources from their private collections to the regional archives in order to digitize and publish them on a separate online platform. You can use the free text search field to search the results at will, use an advanced search mode (Recherche avancée) or filter them by the type of document (official publications, correspondance, diaries, photographs and drawings). In its present state this digital collections contains for these categories only a few dozen examples; there are some 130 photographs. The collection can only be accessed in French.

La Grande Collecte

Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life

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The digital collection Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life has been created by Maynooth University. The aim of this project is to collect letters and postcards documenting the year 1916 – more exactly from November 1915 to Oxctober 1916 –  in all its dimensions, not only the Easter Rising and the Great War, but also daily life and business. Not only cultural institutions contribute to this collections. Individuals can give letters to be digitized or transcribe letters. At the start there were already some 2,200 letters. The letters can be searched freely or browsed for particular themes and months.

Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life