The portal World War I – Library of Congress is a section of the vast website of the Library of Congress. This portal offers easy access to the various digital collections of the Library of Congress concerning the First World War. You can choose the featured collection, pick your favourite from the overview of collections or select one by resource type and format. You can also visit vortual exhibitions. There is a special First World War research guide, a blog and an events calendar, and there is also a section for teachers.
Several of the individual digital collections of the Library of Congress are featured here in separate entries.
World War I – Library of Congress
The World War I Centennial portal has been created by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the entrance on April 6, 1917 of the United States into the First World War. The portal has many features, ranging from timelines, genealogical records, collections about a number of themes such as technology, training, medicine, battlefields, the homefront and remembrance, to an app (Remembering WW1), crowdsourcing for transcribing records and educational resources. The portal offers also links to digital collections elsewhere. You can view this portal only in English.
World War I Centennial
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.
Gallipoli – Century Ireland
The digital collection Ära Kaiser Franz Joseph I 1830-1916 [The Era of Emperor Franz Joseph 1830-1916] has been created by the Österreichisches Staatsarchiv in Vienna. Around some twenty themes you can follow the life of the Austrian emperor and developments in Vienna and the Habsburg Empire well into the First World War, each of them with relevant archival records or other objects, for example books or images of cultural events. There are six maps of the Habsburg Empire for decisive years accompanied with typical portraits. The collection contains also a bibliography concerning Franz Joseph. This digital collection is only accessible in German.
Ära Kaiser Franz Joseph I 1830-1916
The digital collection La Grande Guerra Più 100 [The Great War 100 Years On] has been created by the Università di Trento as an educational project to which scholars from several Italian and other universities (Innsbruck, Cracow, Montpellier) contributed. The core of the project is a calendar providing information about the First World War in a particular month exactly 100 years ago. There are biographies of politicians, military leaders and public persons. Infographs and photographic dossiers shed light on a number of themes. There are also sections with testimonies and thematic contributions. The worldwide impact of the First World War comes into relief, but also both the Western and Eastern fronts in Europe. The website can be viewed in Italian and English.
La Grande Guerra Più 100
The digital collection World War I Glass Plate Stereographs 1914-1929 has been created by Pennsylvania State University Libraries. This collection contains 368 stereoscopic photographs taken between 1914 and 1927. The photos were mainly taken in France, a few in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Macedonia and Greece. In particular the American Expeditionary Force and an afterwar meeting of the American Legion near Paris in 1927 come into view. Some of the images show most graphic injuries and soldiers killed in action. You can browse the images and filter them for year. There is also a simple free text search and an advanced search mode. For each stereograph both images are shown, without digital animation. There is a separate finding aid for this collection.
World War I Glass Plate Stereographs 1914-1929
The digital project Diário da Grande Guerra: testemunhos portugueses [Diary of the Great War: Portuguese testimonies] has been created in 2014 by the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal in Lisbon as a part of its Biblioteca Nacional Digital. In this project entries for each day of the First World War show selected items such as photographs, sheet music, newspaper clippings and maps, which thus create a kind of current digital diary. Each day new items are being added in a Today In History rhythm; in 2016 you could not yet access materials for 1917 and 1918. The news shown came also from outside Portugal, and helps documenting the perception in Portugal of the First World War. The project can only be viewed in Portuguese.
Diário da Grande Guerra: testemunhos portugueses
The digitized collection of the Fairbank Papers is part of the Cambridge Digital Library. (Harold Arthur) Thomas Fairbank was born in 1876. He became the first English orthopaedic surgeon working at Charing Cross Hospital in London. In 1914 he was commissioned in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served in Flanders (Ypres, Loos), France and Macedonia, and he advised also the British Salonika Force. The Fairbank Papers (GB0012 Add 10082/1 to 100082/10) consist of diaries, photographic albums and glass plate negatives. His diaries and photographs show the horrors of the First World War, but there was also space for moments of recreation, playing in pantomimes.
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 Battle of Jutland Centenary Initiative
The 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, correspondence, 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.
In 2018 the number of items was still relatively low, with for example 300 postcards and 200 photographs.
La Grande Collecte