The virtual exhibition Medicine in World War I has been created by Yale University Library. This exhibition aims at giving an overall picture with documents of the role of medicine during the First World War. Thus not only the developments in surgery to heal wounds come into view, but also the impact of diseases, and not only the influenza pandemic of 1918. There is attention for diseases such as trench fever and poisoining by gas, and also for nursing and the psychological impact of fighting. You can look at a list of other virtual exhibitions on the theme of medicine during the First World War. The bibliography contains for a number of titles links to online versions.
The digital database Sanità Grande Guerra is a project of the Associazione Storica Cimeetrincee. The website and the database inform you about Italian medical care and hospitals during the First World War. You can search for hospitals and kinds of sanitary services, and consult background information about the Italian Red Cross (CRI) and the cooperation with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM). In the database you can search for locations and for types of sanitary services (type, year and month). There is also a bibliography of relevant studies and old periodicals. This website can only be viewed in Italian.
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 project Measuring the ANZACs is the fruit of cooperation between Archives New Zealand, the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Zooniverse. In this crowdsourcing project the help of the general public is invoked to transcribe and index (“Mark”) personnel files for the New Zealand soldiers serving during the First World War and the Second Boer War. The project focuses on three record series: attestation papers, history sheets and death notifications. The objective is to gain insight into both the personal history of those serving during the Great War and in their health during this period and afterwards. There is a field guide helping you with some aspects of the records in order to create correct transcriptions and indexes. Some of the personnel files have been digitized. The project blog gives you examples of the achievements.
Archives New Zealand has a general page on the First World War which opens with a free text search field for the First World War personnel files and leads you quickly to the main relevant digital resources.
The virtual exhibition 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg [100 Years First World War] has been created in 2014 by the Österreichisches Staatsarchiv in Vienna. You can search among 24 thematic collections which cover many aspects of the First World War and its immediate aftermath. You can look at a chronology for military and diplomatic events, at milestones in daily life and documents related to them, or compare the diary entries of Karl Schneller, an influential officer in the Austrian army staff (Armeeoberkommando (AOK)), and emperor Franz Joseph for a specific date. The exhibition can only be viewed in German.
The digital collection Recipe for Victory: Food and Cooking in Wartime is part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. This collection contains books and documents issued in America by the Food Administration and the National War Garden Commission, and also British publications which all concern food and nutrition during the First World War. Some of these books are cookery books with recipes. You can browse the 45 digitized publications published between 1917 and 1919, or conduct a full-text search for their content.
The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF) brings to the Italian digital platform Internet Culturale five digital collections concerning the First World War, Collezioni della Prima Guerra Mondiale, which would merit accessibility at a separate subdomain of the BNCF:
– Libri: in this collection with some 2,400 books you can find works on a variety of subjects, ranging from biographies, military treatises and tracts about health and medicine to sociological studies, literature and legislation.
– Periodici: in this collection with nearly 900 items you will find journals and magazines, both general publications and special journals for subjects such as economy, society, finance and industry. There are also digitized trench journals, official bulletins and war diaries.
– Iconografia: in this small section with just 150 items you can find materials such as postcards, posters and manifests, illustrations and cartoons. Some illustrations show the life of Italian prisoners of war in Austria.
– Carte geografiche: this section contains 70 maps, most of them created by geographical institutes. The maps show in particular the regions on the border with the Habsburg Empire. The maps from 1919 show the new border with Austria.
– Spartiti musicali: in this section with some 300 items you can find all kinds of musical scores. There are military marches, festive hymns and popular songs, works for choir and songs for children.
The virtual exhibition The 1918 Influenza Pandemic has been created at Stanford University. In the last year of the First World War a pandemic killed 20 to 40 million people, more than the total number of people killed during the First World War. The virtual exhibition deals with many aspects of this influenza pandemic, from the scientific and medical approach to both the causes and treatment to the actual spreading of the pandemic in two waves, and the response of public health institutions and governments The exhibition is accompanied by a select bibliography of both modern and contemporary articles about the pandemic. The exhibition can only be viewed in English. There is a second web address for this online exhibition.