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.
The digital collection Our/Your War Stories has been created by the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney. This digital collection has as its focus diaries and letters written during the First World War by men and women serving with the Australian forces. On this website you can read transcriptions of diaries and letters, or listen to recorded extracts of them. You can also choose from preset themes – e.g. animals, daily life, prisoners of war, children, love and frienship – to look for a particular subject. Only half of the diaries and letters brought together has been transcribed, the general public is asked to help transcribing them in a crowdsourcing project. There are sections for teachers, a reading list and an overview of links to websites with related projects.
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 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, correspondance, 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.
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 exhibition The Great War Revisited has been created by the Library of Trinity College Dublin in cooperation with the Google Cultural Institute. The Library shows here sixty items with all kind of documents, ranging from audiovisual materials – including five videos and rare photographs taken in Iraq and Palestine – to recruiting posters, images of letters and diaries, pamphlets and artwork.
Depending on the country where you access this virtual exhibition the interface at Google Cultural Institute uses a particular language, which can be changed using the very narrow navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
The Monica Roberts Collection is a digital collection at the portal Dublin Heritage, an initiative of the Dublin City Public Library and Archive. This digital collection contains 453 letters from 56 soldiers. Monica Roberts was active in a committee sending gifts and practical things to soldiers at the front. The collection is part of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive (RDFA/001). There is a separate guide to the Monica Roberts Collection and a list of letters. From Monica Roberts just one letter survives, but you can view her diary which is particularly interesting for the 1916 Easter Rising (RDFA.01.08.048). Apart from images there are accompanying transcriptions. You can search for correspondants, use the full text search or browse the entire collection.