The digital collection Les clichés allemands – De Duitse negatieven has been created by the Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium (KIKIRPA) in Brussels. This national institute for art history organized in 2017 an open air exhibit in Brussels and exhibits in several other Belgian towns showing some of the 10,000 digitized photographs of Belgian monuments and art objects taken by a German team of art historians, the Kommission für die photographische Inventarisation der belgischen Kunstdenkmäler, between 1916 and 1918. The Belgian state could obtain the collection with glass negatives in 1928. By clicking on Duitse negatieven you enter the database with a Dutch and French search interface. You can filter for locations (gemeente) and institutions (instelling). The database with these photos is a part of the BALAT platform (Belgian Art Links and Tools).
The International Society for First World War Studies aims at bringing together scholars in the field of First World War studies. The society was founded in 2001. It acts as a study center organizing conferences, publishing books and its own journal, First World War Studies. Members of the society can present blog posts about their research. The blog of the ISFWWS brings also news on scholarly events. The heart of the website is the collaborative bibliography, organized around a great variety of subjects.
The Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine (BDIC) – now called La Contemporaine – was founded in 1918 with the purpose of building a collection with all possible information about the First World War. The BDIC is currently a part of the Université de Paris-Ouest at Nanterre. The BDIC has some 800,000 books in its holdings and 2,500 archival collections. 60,000 documents with some 400,000 pages have been digitized. The information about the First World War is not prominently visible at the website. You can start searching among the main types of collections (books, archives, images, paintings, objects) and in the digital library (Bibliothèque numérique). However, there are separate sections dedicated to the First World War, and some shortcuts:
- The digitized Journaux des tranchées form a special section of the BDIC’s digital library
- The thematic dossier La Première Guerre mondiale: Le quotidien sur le front de l’ouest looks in some depth at daily life at the Western front, with a detailed section for further information
- The digital library contains 153 volumes of the Historique des régiments (1918)
- The Cartable Virtuel de la BDIC is a pilot of a pedagogical website on the First World War
- You can view seven selections of digitized postcards at the French Centenaire portal
A post in German at the blog La Grande Guerre offers further guidance to the First World War collections of the BDIC. In November 2014 the BDIC launched a new digital portal, L’Argonnaute, with online expositions, collections and a blog. There is an overview of digitized materials concerning the Grande Guerre. In addition to those already mentioned here you will find, posters (affiches), pamphlets (tracts), documents about the peace treaties and documentation about the rehabiltation of fusillied soldiers (Les fusillés de 1917). Apart from these collections you can view the online exhibition Camus, Krier, Lotze: itinéraires croisés des trois artistes combattants.
The Serving Soldier is the digital collections portal of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King’s College London. Only a small number of digitized subcollections concerns the First World War. Among the subjects are aircraft, the expeditions to Gallipoli and the Dardanelles, documentation about the first tanks, and the journal of the German camp for British internees at Ruhleben. Sometimes you will find scores of photographs, for example a series of images of castles in the Middle East taken by T.E. Lawrence, British First World War posters, and four series of stereoscopic photographs (original twin sets with King’s College watermark; no animation). The range of materials and the choice of the other periods of war makes this portal interesting. At another website King’s College London presents a war memorial for the lives of students and staff killed in action, also of affiliated institutions.
The website of the Dutch Stichting Studiecentrum Eerste Wereldoorlog (SSEW), founded in 2011, aims at bringing together Dutch initiatives concerning the study of the First World War. The Netherlands remained neutral during the four years of the conflict. In 1914 Belgian refugees fled in great numbers to the Netherlands. The links section gives a fairly extensive overview of Dutch WW1-websites.
The Historial de la Grande Guerre-Musée de la Première Guerre Mondiale 1914-1918 is a French museum in Péronne, not far from the actual main battle fields in northern France. The museum has its own collection of historical artefacts. Thematic collections are devoted to art, postcards, posters, children, toys and puppets. The Historial has a special collection about the German painter Otto Dix. The Historial is also an international study centre. The website includes a digital version of the maps and illustrations accompanying the Encyclopédie de la Grande Guerre by Stéphane Audouin-Rouzeau and Jean-Jacques Becker (2006, 2012). The museum has a blog, Histoire(s) de 14-18, at the Hypotheses platform.