The website First World/Great War is an initiative of the Istorijki Arhiv Beograda [Historical Archives of Belgrade]. On this website you find a guide to historical records and archival collections in this city archive. In this guide ou can choose collections, themes and names from dropdown lists. There are articles on several subjects (e.g. economy, schools, health and the judiciary), and there is a timeline, a bibliography and a section with links to other relevant web sources. The image gallery shows you some highlights. You can visit this website in Serbian or English.
The digital collection La 1ère Guerre vue de Paris has been created by Odile Gaultier Voituriez. The collection gives an edition of 1020 letters exchanged during the First World War between two men in Paris, Étienne Bandy de Nalèche (1865-1947), a former diplomat who became the owner and editor-in-chief of the influential Journal des Débats, and Pierre Lebaudy (1865-1929), an industrial entrepeneur, philantrope and art collector. The original letters are mainly kept at the Archives d’histoire contemporaine, Centre d’histoire of Sciences Po in Paris [Fonds Étienne de Nalèche]. The list of other relevant sources and the extensive bibliography merit attention. The letters are posted in a sequence which gives you a day-to-day idea of this correspondance. You can select letters by month of publication.
The virtual exhibition La Première Guerre mondiale dans les Archives de la Planète has been created by the Musée Départemental Albert Kahn in Boulogne-Billancourt and the cultural department of the département Hauts-de-Seine, in cooperation with ECPAD and the Mission Centenaire 14-18.
Albert Kahn (1860-1940) was a Parisian banker with great cultural interests, and also a pacifist with international contacts. One of his foundations was the Archives de la planète. During the First World War its staff made numerous photographs, among them rare colour photos (autochromes), and films. In a late phase of the war they worked together with the Section cinematographique et photographique de l’armee. The virtual exhibition has three main sections. The first section Regarder looks at the front, the civilians, the devastation and the aftermath of the First World War. The second section Comprendre (Understand) is the educational part of this exhibition. The third section Valoriser shows the background to the autochromes and films. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in French.
In the digital collections of the Musée départemental Albert Kahn you can select some 16,900 photographs of the First World War (Thèmes: Première guerre mondiale), and use additional filters for specific themes, location and creator. There is also an interactive map to find images concerning a particular location.
The virtual exhibition Amsterdam en de Eerste Wereldoorlog [Amsterdam and the First World War] has been created by the Stadsarchief Amsterdam. The exhibition is organized around six major themes: culture, daily life, the war, the military, social history and refugees. You can view items concerning subjects such as food, medicine, Dutch soldiers and mariners, women, daily life and culture, the refugees – mainly from Belgium, and labor during the First World War. On the page Meer weten there is information about important archival record series of the Amsterdam municipal archive, including links to online inventories, and a selection of websites concerning the First World War. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in Dutch.
The digital collection Bibliothèque numérique de Roubaix: 1914-1918 is part of the digital portal of the Médiathéque de Roubaix. The digital collection concerning this French town (département du Nord) contains some 400 items, photographs, posters, pamphlets, municipal ordinances, letters written by soldiers, newspaper clippings and much more. During the First World War Roubaix was occupied by the German army. The digital library can be searched using a free text field, or by browsing themes, collections or periods; within them you can use the free text search, too. For the First World War it is interesting to look at the theme Guerres with again some 400 items. The collection can only be viewed in French.
The website Operacja Lodzka 1914 is a project of the Polish town Lodz to bring together resources showing the history of Lodz during the autumn of 1914 and the battles (the “Great Battle”) fought between the German and Russian armies around Lodz. In the Galeria you will find in particular photographs of soldiers from Lodz. The section Mapy of the main gallery contains some twenty maps of the fronts in Poland. The E-Muzeum is the general gallery of the project with images organized by several themes, The Kalendarium offers an overview of activities commemorating the events of 1914 since 2004.
The website can be viewed in Polish, German, Russian, English and French. You can choose a language by clicking on the flags in the header.
The virtual exhibition Bezet Brussel 1914-1918 [Occupied Brussels 1914-1918] shows the Belgian capital during the First World War. This virtual exhibition is the companion to an exhibition created by the municipal archives of Brussels. In 1914 the German army invaded and occupied a large part of Belgium. The online exhibition is organized around themes such as daily life, food, work, news about the front and propaganda, official publications and remembrance. There is a useful timeline and a selection of other Belgian and Flemish websites concerning the First World War.The website can be viewed in Dutch. French and English.
The exhibition will be held at the City Museum from August 21, 2014 to May 3, 2015.