The World War I Centennial portal has been created by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the entrance on April 6, 1917 of the United States into the First World War. The portal has many features, ranging from timelines, genealogical records, collections about a number of themes such as technology, training, medicine, battlefields, the homefront and remembrance, to an app (Remembering WW1), crowdsourcing for transcribing records and educational resources. The portal offers also links to digital collections elsewhere. You can view this portal only in English.
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 digital collection Our/Your War Stories has been created by the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney. This digital collection has as its focus diaries and letters written during the First World War by men and women serving with the Australian forces. On this website you can read transcriptions of diaries and letters, or listen to recorded extracts of them. You can also choose from preset themes – e.g. animals, daily life, prisoners of war, children, love and frienship – to look for a particular subject. Only half of the diaries and letters brought together has been transcribed, the general public is asked to help transcribing them in a crowdsourcing project. There are sections for teachers, a reading list and an overview of links to websites with related projects.
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 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 First World War Volunteers British Red Cross has been created in 2016 by the British Red Cross with the help of the general public. The database contains the records of some 90,000 volunteers who served in the United Kingdom and on the European continent. You can search the database for individuals using their forenames, last names, locations and hospitals, duties and/or roles. There are special pages for famous volunteers, and some aspects of the work volunteers did is highlighted, too, for example sending food parcels to British prisoners of war. You can contribute to the database with new or corrected information. The interface of this database is English.
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.