The set of thematic research guides for archival research concerning the First World War is part of the Cendari portal for a collective European digital archival infrastructure. The core of the Cendari portal is the creation of a directory of archives in Europe and their collections. A second service is the creation of archival research guides. In this section you can find sixteen guides concerning the First World War. These guides deal for instance with prisoners of war, the importance of diaries and personal narratives, the role of women, religion, coercion in the armies, medicine and workers’ movements. Poland and Russia are among the countries receiving particular attention. There are also nine similar guides for research on medieval history and (religious) culture.
Thematic research guides for archival research – Cendari
The virtual exhibition Første Verdenskrig 1914-1918 [First World War 1914-1918] has been created by Det Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen, the Danish national library. This virtual exhibition has been launched to accompany the exhibition Ned med våbnene [Away with weapons] at Det Kongelige Bibliotek (September 4, 2014-January 31, 2015). The focus of the virtual exhibition is on seven very different persons: a politician, a soldier, a woman active in the peace movement, an interpreter working with prisoners of war, a union leader, a socialist and an intellectual. Each of them is briefly portrayed, and you can look at telling images or listen to spoken versions of some of their writings. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in Danish.
The Danish national library contributes digitized materials concerning the First World War mainly to Europeana Collections 1914-1918. You can find these materials also using this overview which bring you to some 700 books (bøger), nearly 900 pamphlets (småtryk), 6600 images (billeder) and 180 maps (kort). You can choose between an interface in Danish or English. Some digitized Danish and Norwegian literature from the First World War held at Det Kongelige Bibliotek is accessible at The European Library portal.
Første Verdenskrig 1914-1918
The virtual exhibition Amsterdam en de Eerste Wereldoorlog [Amsterdam and the First World War] has been created by the Stadsarchief Amsterdam. The exhibition is organized around six major themes: culture, daily life, the war, the military, social history and refugees. You can view items concerning subjects such as food, medicine, Dutch soldiers and mariners, women, daily life and culture, the refugees – mainly from Belgium, and labor during the First World War. On the page Meer weten there is information about important archival record series of the Amsterdam municipal archive, including links to online inventories, and a selection of websites concerning the First World War. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in Dutch.
Amsterdam en de Eerste Wereldoorlog
The virtual exhibition Bezet Brussel 1914-1918 [Occupied Brussels 1914-1918] shows the Belgian capital during the First World War. This virtual exhibition is the companion to an exhibition created by the municipal archives of Brussels. In 1914 the German army invaded and occupied a large part of Belgium. The online exhibition is organized around themes such as daily life, food, work, news about the front and propaganda, official publications and remembrance. There is a useful timeline and a selection of other Belgian and Flemish websites concerning the First World War.The website can be viewed in Dutch. French and English.
The exhibition will be held at the City Museum from August 21, 2014 to May 3, 2015.
Bezet Brussel 1914-1918
The virtual exhibition Op de wegen van de Grote Oorlog (On the roads of the Great War) is the companion website of the travelling exhibition project De Grote Oorlog herdacht (The Great War remembered). The project is an initiative of cultural institutions in the Belgian provinces Flanders and Wallonie, and France. The exhibition features five themes: the work of Chinese labourers, military transport at and to the front, civilians on the road, the British Empire and the European continent, and the tourism to lieux de mémoire. There is a useful general chronology and an index of places. For teachers educational guides are present. The website can be viewed in Dutch, French, English and German.
Op de wegen van de Grote Oorlog
The International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam has created on its website a research guide for the First World War. It presents some twenty relevant collections at the IISH. There is a similar guide on the war and peace movements. The IISH has made some twenty online guides to its various collections. The IISH has the largest holdings worldwide for collections documenting the history of socialism and labour movements, and facilitates research on this theme in many countries. The library of the IISH has rich holdings in relevant literature.
Currently the IISH is digitizing many of its famous collections, but other less well known collections are being digitized, too. The IISH provides a list of the collections which will be digitized soon, with digital finding aids. The digital collections of the IISH will increasingly appear at the Social History Portal in cooperation with sister institutes elsewhere in Europe. Items from its digital collections can also be found at Europeana 1914-1918. The website of the IISH can be viewed in English and Dutch.
IISH research guide on the First World War
The digital project The 1917 Stockholm Peace Conference presents documents and images about the preparations by prominent members of European socialist parties and labour organizations for a peace conference in Stockholm in 1917. in the end the conference did not take place. This project was created by the archives and institutes for social history which cooperate at the Social History Portal. The website can be viewed in English, German and Dutch; the list of documents is in German.
The 1917 Stockholm Peace Conference