La collection photographique “Marcel Chatenay” (1914-1918) [The photographic collection of Marcel Chatenay (1914-1918] has been created by the Archives de la Ville de Saumur. In 2013 and 2014 this municipal archive received two gifts with a total of 2843 stereographic photographs. Marcel Chatenay (1883-1955) had been a grocer before joining the French army in 1914 as an administration officer of the medical troops. On travel he encounters for examples both infantery and artillery units, cavalry and kitchen staff. Chatenay meets also colonial troops. In 1917 he served in the Vosges region. He took pictures in Picardy, Flanders, Verdun and in many other places. 457 stereoscopic images have been digitized, and you can view 52 images in 3 D. You can filter for specific persons, themes and locations.
The Archives de la Ville de Saumur present online two other French digitized photo albums and an American album of a special railway station and camp at Villebernier in 1918-1919.
La collection photographique “Marcel Chatenay” (1914-1918)
The digital collection Three Pilots – One War is the fruit of a partnership between the Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr (Berlin-Gatow), the Royal Air Force Museum (London) and the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget. You can follow the First World War through the letters of three pilots, the Frenchman Jean Chaput, the Englishman Bernard Rice – who had served earlier as a messenger – and the German Peter Falkenstein. The letters are published here in day-to-day order exactly 100 years after they were written. Historical comments accompany each letter. The three museums will organize exhibitions between 2014 and 2019 to highlight aspects of the aircraft warfare during the First World War. You can view this collection in English, French and German.
Three Pilots – One War
The digital collection Plateforme 14-18 is an educational project created by a team from many major French cultural institutions. The core of the collection are some 3,500 letters written by eight members of the Résal family, some diaries and 300 photographs. All resources stem from this family and are still kept in the family archive.
Most of the sons of Eugène and Julie Résal served in the French army. Salem and Younès served with the artillery. Louis and Paul, too, started in an artillery regiment, but later they became pilots. Some of the Résal children were born in Algeria. The two daughters did very different things: Meriém became a professional musician, Chérifa a nurse who noted daily events in her agenda during the First World War. You can search for information using the intuitive navigation with symbols for dates, locations, peoples, a clickable map and three main themes: the fronts, men and women, and the impact of modernity. It is also possible to view the personal network of each family member. In the additional materials you can find some films from the holdings of participating institutions. The website can only be viewed in French.
The digital collection Stereoscopic images of World War I has been created by Yale University Library. The stereoscopic photographs and some 200 other photographs are part of the Darrot papers (Yale University Library, MS 591). Paul Jean Gaston Darrot (1892-1958) served with the French infantry, the artillery and the communication service of the engineers; most of the pictures stem probably from this period. The images were mainly taken in France, some after the First World War. A blog post from 2013 by Andrew Berger (Manuscripts and Archives Department, Yale University Library) provides some background to this digital collection. You can only see the original double images, there is not an animated version or a red-cyan 3D version. There is also an online finding aid for the photographs in the Darrot papers.
Stereoscopic images of World War I
The digital collection Camp Sevier has been created by the Greenville County Library, Greenville, SC. Several infantry and artillery units of the US Army used Camp Sevier in Greenville in 1917 and 1918 as a training camp. The collection consists of 74 photographs. You can view them in a grid or in a list, sort them by title or by date. The information about the photographs is succinct. The website gives no further information about Camp Sevier.
This collection is featured in the history portal South Carolina Digital Library. Some images of Camp Sevier are present in the Kaminski-Prevost Collection in the Georgetown County Digital Library.
The digital collection JM World War One Sketchbooks, 1917-1918 has been created by the Special Collections Library of the University of Victoria, British Columbia. The collection consists of images of 130 water-colour and pen and ink sketches from two sketchbooks of an unidentified British soldier who served with the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery. He was stationed in France and Belgium, in particular near Ypres and Menin. A number of sketches show caricatures of British social life. You can browse the entire collection, choose Book 1 or 2, select title pages or paired images, or view images by choosing among pre-selected themes touching on people and the war.
JM World War One Sketchbooks, 1917-1918
The digital collection Feldpost 1916/17: Die Briefe und Tagebücher des Oberleutnants August Dänzer aus Siebenbürgen und Rumänien brings letters from the front and the diaries of August Dänzer, a German artillery officer who served in 1916 and 1917 at the front in Eastern Europe, in particular in Transsylvania and in present-day Rumania. The letters and diaries from the holdings of the Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte in Stuttgart have been transcribed by students of the Universität Potsdam and the Freie Universität Berlin. The letters cover the period from September 1916 to May 1917, and the diaries stem from the same period.
Feldpost 1916/17: Die Briefe und Tagebücher des Oberleutnants August Dänzer aus Siebenbürgen und Rumänien