The virtual exhibition Les gueules cassées 1914-1918 [Deformed faces, 1914-1918] has been created by the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire Santé, the medical library of a number of universities in Paris. The exhibition presents most graphically one of the ways soldiers suffered at the fronts by shells and bullets which hit their faces and cruelly deformed them. Surgeons did what they could to save their lives by closing the gaps in heads and mouths, but the scars and traumas definitely changed the lives of the victims. The exhibition deals with treatments, support for the victims and their representation in art (Otto Dix). There are photographs from hospitals in Paris and Marseille. You will find background information in the Références section. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in French.
The digital collection Affiches de guerre [War posters] has been created in 2015 at the university library of the Université de Montreal and is now shown in its Calypso digital library. This collection contains nearly 3,500 posters from both the First and the Second World War, mainly from Canada, the United States, France, Germany and the Habsburg Empire. A small number of posters comes from other countries such as Belgium, Ireland, Italy and Russia. There are 1,675 posters from the years 1914 to 1919. A number of posters is the work of renown artists. You can set filters for particular artists, themes and years. In the advanced search mode you can search more precisely, and even add search fields as you wish. The collection can be viewed in French and English.
The digital collection World War One Posters has been created by the Library Company of Philadelphia. This collection contains some 300 posters created in the United States between 1913 and 1922. You can browse the posters and sort them by date, creator or title. You can use a free text search field to search for particular posters. They can be presented in a grid form or in a list.
The World War One Collection of the Library Company contains also a relatively small number of photographs and ephemera.
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 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.
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.
The 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 Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection is a digital collection at the Sheridan Libraries of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. This collection contains some 29,000 sheets with printed music published in the United States between 1780 and 1980. The Levy Collection is one of the largest collections of American sheet music. In particular songs about wars or published during periods of war, from the Anglo-American War until the First World War, are to be found here. A search with the subject World War I yields nearly 600 results. You can use the simple search mode by entering either a term in the free text field or use the filters for subjects, composers and publishers, or use the advanced search mode. Levy published books about American music. Not only the text of individual songs published during the First World War is interesting, but also the art work, the subjects of songs and their value for morale and propaganda aims.
The Levy Collection can also be searched using the interface of the Sheet Music Consortium, a service maintained at UCLA Library with access to some forty American collections. Here you can find nearly 6,000 digitized items concerning the First World War.
The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF) brings to the Italian digital platform Internet Culturale five digital collections concerning the First World War, Collezioni della Prima Guerra Mondiale, which would merit accessibility at a separate subdomain of the BNCF:
– Libri: in this collection with some 2,400 books you can find works on a variety of subjects, ranging from biographies, military treatises and tracts about health and medicine to sociological studies, literature and legislation.
– Periodici: in this collection with nearly 900 items you will find journals and magazines, both general publications and special journals for subjects such as economy, society, finance and industry. There are also digitized trench journals, official bulletins and war diaries.
– Iconografia: in this small section with just 150 items you can find materials such as postcards, posters and manifests, illustrations and cartoons. Some illustrations show the life of Italian prisoners of war in Austria.
– Carte geografiche: this section contains 70 maps, most of them created by geographical institutes. The maps show in particular the regions on the border with the Habsburg Empire. The maps from 1919 show the new border with Austria.
– Spartiti musicali: in this section with some 300 items you can find all kinds of musical scores. There are military marches, festive hymns and popular songs, works for choir and songs for children.
The digital collection World War I Sheet Music has been created by the University of Missouri-Kansas City University Libraries. The collection contains nearly 300 American songs dating from the period 1914 to 1919. Apart from songs originally created during the First World War there also songs already dating from the Civil War. You can search the music using one or two of the search fields where you can choose a field such as title or author from a drop down list, browse all songs or all records of the items. By choosing “Other views” for a particular song you will view also the musical scores themselves. The covers of many songs contain significant illustrations.