The digital World War I Collection has been created by the University of Colorado, Boulder. This digital collection contains some 1,100 books ranging from pamphlets and government publications to full monographs. You can either browse them all and subsequently narrow the results using search filters or search using categories. Among the more frequent subjects are atrocities, peace, propaganda, the United States of America and food supply. The collection can only be viewed in English.
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, correspondence, 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.
In 2018 the number of items was still relatively low, with for example 300 postcards and 200 photographs.
The digital collection with The Cabinet Papers 1915-1986 has been created by the British National Archives at Kew. Among these papers the series CAB 23 with First World War conclusions and CAB 24, First World War memoranda, are the main resources concerned with the First World War. The series with conclusions contains also minutes. Under the heading Meetings and papers is an overview of the series. You can retrieve the papers in the PDF format. A number of these PDF’s is extremely large, around 100 MB and larger.
Before 1916 there are no formal Cabinet minutes. You can study these papers by browsing major themes or searching for particular keywords with a free text search which can be narrowed in time. In the advanced search mode you can limit your search to specific types of documents and precise your text search. For educational purposes there are a “Writing Frame”, time maps and teaching guides for A Level studies, and a useful glossary which contains also brief notes about a number of persons.
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 digital collection Notulen van de ministerraad [Cabinet minutes] is a project of the Belgian National Archives (Algemeen Rijksarchief/Archives de l’État en Belgique) in Brussels. This digital collection contains digitized photocopies (PDF) of cabinet notes made between 1917 and 1979. Only in 1917 the Belgian cabinet decided to start creating notes. In principle the cabinet was convened every week, but when necessary the ministers met more often. You can either choose to search the full text of the notes or find notes of a particular meeting using the chronological overview. The languages of the notes themselves is either in Dutch or French. Apart from the Dutch interface you can also use the French interface to access the Procès-verbaux du Conseil des Ministres.
The digital project Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801-1922 (EPPI) gives online access to parliamentary papers on matters related to Ireland, the Irish Revolt, the creation of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. In EPPI you can search for words, titles, dates, accounts, bills, Command Papers and reports, the two last categories being created on behalf of the British government. One can search the Command Papers by number. You can also search using Library of Congress Subject Headings. You can find here much more than in the electronic version of the Hansard for 1803 to 2005.
The EPPI project started at the University of Southampton where a rare complete set of British parliamentary records is kept. With additional materials this set has been digitized between 2002 and 2005. It now contains some 14,000 papers with a total of more than a half million pages. The EPPI project is now part of Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration.
The digital portal ALEX: Historische Rechts- und Gesetztexte Online is a project of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna to present sources for legislation, administrative and parliamentary records of the Habsburg Empire and the republic Austria. The portal features in particular the national and provincial official publications of laws. You can find them using either a chronological overview or a thematic overview. For the First World War the following collections with parliamentary records are important:
- Reichsgesetzblatt in deutscher Sprache – 1849-1918
- Reichsgesetzblatt in nicht-deutscher Sprache – 1849-1918
- Stenographische Protokolle des Abgeordnetenhauses des Reichsrats – 1861-1918
- Stenographische Protokolle des Herrenhauses des Reichsrats – 1861-1918
There are also some similar series for regional assemblies. Among the resources for Habsburgian and Austrian judiciary records and verdicts the following series are in particular important:
- Sammlung der Erkenntnisse des österreichischen Reichsgerichtes – 1869-1918
- Sammlung der Erkenntnisse des Obersten Gerichtshofes – 1853-1938
- Sammlung der Erkenntnisse des Verwaltungsgerichtshofes -1876-1936
The Staatshandbuch (1703-1918), the yearbook issued by the Austrian government, and the Budget/Staatsvoranschlag (1914-1918; 1918-1963), the yearly budgets, have been digitized, too. The ALEX portal leads you also to a number of law journals and publications about the Austrian administration and ministries. You can search with one search action in all legislative sources or for particular juridical matters.
The Wienbibliothek, the city library of Vienna, presents in the digital collections of the Wienbibliothek Digital: Erster Weltkrieg a number of collections. The largest collection contains 116,000 newspaper cuttings about the First World War. Within the other collections you will find police reports on public opinion during the First World War, a small number of newspapers, 1,600 posters and official proclamations, some general books and 27 cookery books.