The digital collection Elsie Blanche Augustine has been created by the University at Buffalo-The State University of New York. Elsie Blanche Augustine (1885-1970) was a Canadian nurse, who had been trained as a nurse in Buffalo. She served during the First World War mainly at the Base Hospital 23 in Vittel, a town in the French departement Vosges. This hospital was supported by the city of Buffalo. The collection with 175 items contains mainly photographs taken during the First World War, most of them taken in Vittel, and some personal papers. Some photographs were taken at La Baule (Loire-Atlantique) after the war.
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 WWI Military Portraits is part of the digital image collections of the Milwaukee Public Library. The collection contains 33,000 items (photographs, typewritten volumes, and service records). There are some 6,000 photographs. The items were complied from collections of the American War Mothers Milwaukee County Chapter and the Milwaukee County Council of Defense. You can browse all items, filter the results using the free text search or using the subject filter. In the advanced search mode you can add search fields at will. Some items refer to the Canadian and Polish armies.
The World War I Collection: Posters has been created by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. This digital collection contains 12,300 posters published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Russia, Italy, Austria, Canada and Hungary, to mention here only the countries with more than 100 posters in this collection. The size and variety of this collection is extraordinary. There are several filters to make a selection (e.g. country of origin, language, creator) and you can set the time period. For 1914-1918 there are some 10,600 items. The results can be viewed in a list or in a grid. It is possible to create a user account, to save your search questions and create your own collections. This collection can only be viewed with an English interface.
The digital collection American war posters from the First World War has been created by the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. The collection contains nearly 170 posters created in the United States between 1914 and 1919. This digital collection is not directly available at the website of the Bancroft Library, but instead it can be viewed both at the Calisphere digital portal and in the Online Archive of California (OAC).
The Bancroft Library has also digitized 68 British posters from the First World War (Calisphere; OAC), some 75 Canadian First World War posters (Calisphere, OAC), and 26 French posters and broadsides from this period (Calisphere, OAC). Both Calisphere and OAC offer a free text search within the collections. OAC allows also searching in the collection guide for non-digitized items.
The portal Wartime Canada has been created by a team of the University of Western Ontario as an educational resource for teaching the history of Canada during both World Wars by using documents and artifacts to get closer to actual experiences. The resources at this portal are organized by ten category headings with a verb, such as Fighting, Eating, Relaxing, Remembering and Worshipping. The selection of themes under these headings is very wide and instructive. The section on education gives guidance to larger subjects such as the war effort, government and economy, identity and culture, historical inquiry and society. For each theme you can set the selection of items to either the First or the Second World War by choosing this period from a dropdown box. The portal can be visited in English and French.
The virtual exhibition The Virtual Gramophone: First World War Era has been created by Library and Archives Canada at the portal Collections Canada as a part of the section The Virtual Gramophone concerning the history of music in Canada. The portal gives an overview of Canada’s musical history. The section about the First World War has four focuses:
The section with popular songs gives lists of song arranged in chronological order by year. You can listen to a number of sound recordings of them. The section on songs of the First World War has songs arranged by a number of subjects. The section on sheet music is at present missing from the site. There are also biographies of musicians, and the reference list contains a succinct bibliography about First World War music. This virtual exhibition can be viewed in English and French.
At Sheet Music from Canada’s Past, another section of the portal Collections Canada, you can search for items created during the First World War era (select 1914-1920). Searching for the subject World War 1914-1918 brings you to nearly 200 items.
The virtual exhibition World War I Songs has been created at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and curated by Adriana Brook. This collection contains 125 songs from Canada in English, 80 of them dating from the First World War. A gallery shows all photographs of the sheet music of all songs. Many covers are illustrated. The songs are accompanied by a complete overview of the lyrics, an analysis, and a bibliography of relevant literature.
The website Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada has been created by the Library of the Canadian Parliament and the history portal Canadiana. On this website you can access digitized debates held in the House of Commons and the Senate from 1867 onwards. Materials for the Senate are available up to 1996. Debates from the House of Commons are available up to 1994. You can search with a free text search field in the full-text of the records for one chamber or for both chambers, select a specific period – including sessions of Parliament – and choose between French and English. The website can be consulted in English and French.
One can combine these debates with the database for Orders-in-Council for the period 1867-1916. The term orders-in-council refers to a legislative instrument generated by the governor-in-council,. An order-in-council is a formal recommendation of Cabinet approved and signed by the governor-general. Orders-in-council cover a wide range of administrative and legislative matters.
The virtual exhibition and digital collection Canada’s Siberian Expedition has been created by the University of Victoria, British Columbia. The collection is concerned with a part of the attempts of the Allied countries between 1917 and 1920 to intervene in Russia against the Bolshevik who had gained power during the Russian Revolution. The Canadian Expeditionary Forces with 4,200 soldiers landed in Vladivostok. The Canadian stayed there, but they made reconnaissance voyages to Omsk and into China. The digital collection consists mainly of some 2,400 photographs. There is an interactive map. Educational resources have been provided for teachers. You can also consult an online journal dedicated to the history of this expedition at the accompanying blog. The website can be viewed in English, French and Russian.