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 virtual exhibition En guerre: French illustrators and World War I has been created in 2014 by the University of Chicago Library. The exhibition looks at some major aspects of the First World War, such as the Allied powers and the Centrals, but also at the home front and children. The images show book covers, images from illustrated books, postcards and posters. There is a printed catalogue for the original exhibition.
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 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.
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 Grand Mémorial is part of the website Culture, the main portal of the French government for information about and research in French cultural institutions. At least thirty French archives contribute to the Grand Mémorial. The main aim of this portal is to help genealogical research, The website gives quick access to several databases, more precisely for unit diaries (journaux des marches et opérations), regimental registers (registres matricule) kept at the French regional archives (archives départementales), information about soldiers killed in action (Morts pour la France) and their graves (sépultures), war monuments as provided at Mémoire des hommes, and also La Grande Collecte, a crowdsourcing project for documents and memorabilia, an initiative of French archives. There is a simple search mode for finding people with their name and family name, and an advanced search mode with more filter options (date, department, country, source, etc.). The Grand Mémorial portal can be searched in French, English and Spanish; the background information is given only in French.