The digital World War I British press photograph collection is a project of the University of British Columbia Library. In the 1930’s the British consulate in Seattle gave the University of British Columbia some 6,000 photographic prints. The originals are kept at the Imperial War Museums. During the First World War the Photographic Section of the Ministry of Information and other governmental agencies released photographs for use by the British press. In most cases the names of the photographers are not given. The digital collection contains nearly 3,700 photographs showing in particular the ordinary soldiers, but also for (foreign) commanders, aristocracy, weapons and training.
The filters for selecting particular items do not work as expected, but in the general advanced search mode of the digital collections of UBC Library you can preset the collection and add search fields at will. You can set the order of presentation, and choose for a list view, thumbnail or detailed view. A large number of photographs (1,233) was taken in France, but other countries are to be found as well.
World War I British press photograph collection
The digital collection The private archive of the Lazic family is the fruit of support from the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library for a project (EAP 833) at the University Library ‘Svetozar Markovic’ in Belgrad to save and digitize the fragile items in the private archive and library of the Lazic family in Belgrad. The First World War looms large in this collection, with rare law books by Geca Kon, rare Serbian periodicals, for example Serbian newspapers printed in Curfu and Thessaloniki, pamphlets, municipal decrees, archival records and books. Some 50,000 pages are being digitized. The overview of files is a simple list with the titles of digitized items; for some books you can choose the relevant part, but there is no search function.
You can follow the Endangered Archives Programme on its blog at the British Library.
The private archive of the Lazic family
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.
World War I Glass Plate Stereographs 1914-1929
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 collection of the Photographic Archive at the Museum for the Macedonia Struggle (Ίδρυμα Μουσείου Μακεδονικού Αγώνα) in Thessaloniki contains some 5,600 photographs documenting the various wars on the Balkan and in Greece during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth century. Photographs from the First World War are also present in this digital collection. For each image an English translation has been provided. You can search the collection only with a free text search. Items from the First World War will be retrieved by entering a specific year. You can view the website, the library catalogue of the museum and the images in Greek and English.
Photographic Archive, Museum for the Macedonian Struggle
The digital collection Autochromes de la guerre 1914-1918 has been created as a section of the French portal Médiathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. Among image collections concerning the First World War this is one of the most renown. The photographs were taken in France, Tunisia and Greece. The collection illustrates also the role and presence of African soldiers. Apart from the colour photographs the portal has a general section on the First World War, the Archives photographiques: Guerre de 14-18. Both collections can only be viewed in French. In the online database Base Mémoire for the images in the Archives photographiques you can use an advanced search mode with multiple fields, but also a free text search (recherche libre).
The images in this collection appear also elsewhere, for example at the portal The Great War and at World War I Color Photos, with comments in English which sometimes give more information than the original French comments. The collection appeared also at the digital portal Gallica of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, but it has been removed. World War I Color Photos has arranged the images according to the sets at Gallica. The main other digital collection with French autochromes from the Grande Guerre is available at the website of the ECPAD, discussed here, too.
Autochromes de la guerre 1914-1918
Europeana 1914-1918 is a portal project of Europeana, itself a digital portal, too, to bring together resources, both texts and images from all corners of Europe. Special attention is given to materials hitherto hidden away or especially brought to attention for this portal by the general public. Among the documents are letters, diaries, photographs (including stereographs, mostly from the Imperial War Museums), official documents, films, sound recordings and postcards. One of the strong new features is the integration of materials from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. You can also search for the various fronts. Europeana 1914-1918 had in 2014 an interface in fifteen languages, currently (2018) you can choose from 27 languages.
The films available at the European Film Gateway 1914 can be found here, too. Collections from many European libraries and other cultural heritage institutions are also present at the portal Europeana Collections 1914-1918.