Tag Archives: Aftermath

(Ex-)keizer Wilhelm II

Drwaing of the former German emperor Wilhelm II on horsbecak - Het Utrechts ArchiefThe digital collection (Ex-)keizer Wilhelm II [(Ex-)emperor Wilhelm II] has been created by Het Utrechts Archief, the combined municipal archives of the city Utrecht and the state archives in the province Utrecht. In November 1918 the German emperor fled from the German army headquarters in Spa to the Netherlands. Initially he stayed at castle Amerongen. In 1920 he moved to the estate of Huis Doorn, now a museum. The emperor succeeded in getting a generous selection of his belongings in Germany to Huis Doorn. The Kaiser died in 1941. After the Second World War the Dutch authorities confiscated his goods. In 1975 the archival collection was transferred to Het Utrechts Archief.

The digital collection is essentially an online finding aid with digitized materials. Het Utrechts Archief offers a general introduction (in Dutch) to this collection. The collection has been divided into personal papers (stukken van persoonlijke aard), business and estate materials (stukken van zakelijke aard), materials before 1918, documentation and maps (Kaarten). Section 5.2 of the maps contains some ninety maps dealing with the First World War. You will find digitized letters, books, journals and newspapers, and various other materials, some of them from the nineteenth century. You can consult a German version of the finding aid, created in 1997 at the time the collection was microfilmed.

(Ex-)keizer Wilhelm II

Revolution, Rätegremien und Räterepublik in Bayern 1918/19

Logo Bayern 1918The digital collection Revolution, Rätegremien und Räterepublik in Bayern 1918/19 is concerned with the revolutionary period in Bavaria in 1918 and 1919 during the last year of and the period immediately following the First World War. The digital collection has been created by the Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online, the digital portal for the history and cultural heritage of Bavaria. In the collection is special attention for the person and role of Kurt Eisner, for other politicians, for the revolutionary councils and other committees. Separate sections present contemporary sources such as newspapers and pamphlets, and there is a selection of digitized early scholarly literature on the revolution and the short-lived republic. Some of the references are to the Historisches Lexikon Bayerns, the digital version of a lexicon for the history of Bavaria, with some extensive articles about this period.

Revolution, Rätegremien und Räterepublik in Bayern 1918/19

Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine

Logo BDICThe Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine (BDIC) 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:

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.

Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine