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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 Great War

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Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze: Collezioni della Prima Guerra Mondiale

Italiian poster La Guerra del Mare - image BNCFThe 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.

At Internet Culturale the BNCF presents many collections. The BNCF contributes to Europeana Collections 1914-1918.

Topical Sketches by Douglas G. Ward

Logo Topical sketches by Douglas WardThe digital collection Topical Sketches by Douglas G. Ward has been created as a part of the Digital Collections of the University of South Carolina Libraries. With six other digital collection it belongs to the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection. These collections are listed also at the South Carolina Digital Library. Corporal Douglas G. Ward served with the South Staffordshire Regiment. He took part in the landings at Gallipoli in 1915. In 1916 he served at the Somme. He got wounded and was transferred to India. His sketchbook made in ink and pen and watercolour contains 65 drawings on many subjects, for example his training at an infantry camp, A number of drawings are clearly cartoons.There are some brief notices, too. You can browse the entire sketchbook and use thumbnail images to accelerate browsing.

Topical Sketches by Douglas G. Ward

Australian Screen: First World War

Logo Australian ScreenThe digital collection Australian Screen: First World War is a selection at Australian Screen, the online portal of Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra. In this collection with nearly sixty items you will find newsreels from the Australasian Gazette collection, movies created during the First World War, and movies and TV series created afterwards concerning the First World War. The films have been made in various countries, mainly France, Egypt and Turkey. The Australasian Gazette items from the period 1914-1918 feature mainly cartoons.

At Australia Screen movies from the First World War are also presented in the collection Australian War Memorial Western Front and Gallipoli on Film, both of them with introductory essays by Paul Byrnes. The footage of the 1915 films about Gallipoli dominates the image of the Australian forces and Gallipoli, but these movies were not made at the Dardanelles front.

Australian Screen: First World War

JM World War One Sketchbooks, 1917-1918

Logo JM SketchbooksThe 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

1418: documenti e immagini della Grande Guerra

Logo 1418.itThe portal 1418: documenti e immagini della Grande Guerra has been launched in 2007 by five Italian cultural heritage institutions in Rome to present digital collections of various materials concerning the First World War. One of the sections presents digitized journals (periodici) from several European countries. Photographs, manuscripts, drawings, maps, posters and pamphlets are also present.  The first album in the Cimeli section contains numerous cartoons.The interface is only in Italian.

The page Risorse in rete (Sources on the web) offers you a repertory of websites concerning the First World War in Italy and elsewheren.

1418: documenti e immagini della Grande Guerra