The digital collection (Ex-)keizer Wilhelm II [(Ex-)emperor Wilhelm II] has been created by Het Utrechts Archief, the combined municipal archives of the city Utrecht and the state archives in the province Utrecht. In November 1918 the German emperor fled from the German army headquarters in Spa to the Netherlands. Initially he stayed at castle Amerongen. In 1920 he moved to the estate of Huis Doorn, now a museum. The emperor succeeded in getting a generous selection of his belongings in Germany to Huis Doorn. The Kaiser died in 1941. After the Second World War the Dutch authorities confiscated his goods. In 1975 the archival collection was transferred to Het Utrechts Archief.
The digital collection is essentially an online finding aid with digitized materials. Het Utrechts Archief offers a general introduction (in Dutch) to this collection. The collection has been divided into personal papers (stukken van persoonlijke aard), business and estate materials (stukken van zakelijke aard), materials before 1918, documentation and maps (Kaarten). Section 5.2 of the maps contains some ninety maps dealing with the First World War. You will find digitized letters, books, journals and newspapers, and various other materials, some of them from the nineteenth century. You can consult a German version of the finding aid, created in 1997 at the time the collection was microfilmed.
(Ex-)keizer Wilhelm II
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 project Diário da Grande Guerra: testemunhos portugueses [Diary of the Great War: Portuguese testimonies] has been created in 2014 by the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal in Lisbon as a part of its Biblioteca Nacional Digital. In this project entries for each day of the First World War show selected items such as photographs, sheet music, newspaper clippings and maps, which thus create a kind of current digital diary. Each day new items are being added in a Today In History rhythm; in 2016 you could not yet access materials for 1917 and 1918. The news shown came also from outside Portugal, and helps documenting the perception in Portugal of the First World War. The project can only be viewed in Portuguese.
Diário da Grande Guerra: testemunhos portugueses
The digital collection Nieuws van de Groote Oorlog [News of the Great War] has been created by thirteen Flemish cultural institutions, among them for example the Vlaamse Erfgoed Bibliotheek [Flemish Heritage Library]. For this project some 360,000 pages from newspapers, journals, pamphlets, manifests and much more published between 1914 and 1918 have been digitized. With 270,000 pages newspapers form the main component of this collection. You can search using the timeline and a clickable map, or browse for particular themes. In the free text field you can search for keywords, names and locations. In 2016 this project will also bring digital versions of twelve newspapers already included in the project The Belgian War Press (view the description). This digital collection can be viewed in Dutch, German, English and French.
Nieuws van de Groote Oorlog
The digital collection 1914 – Der Kriegsbeginn im Spiegel hessischer Regionalzeitungen [1914: The start of the war mirrored in Hessian regional newspapers] has been created by HeBIS, the Hessisches Bibliothek- und Informationssystem, a library consortium led by the Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main. Seven libraries in Hessen present here 107 digitized regional newspapers for 1914. These newspapers reflect views and news about the beginning of the First World War and its impact. You can search with a free search text field, browse by titles, locations, printers and publishers. In the advanced search mode (Search details) you can combine several filters. There is a reading guide (PDF) helping to decipher the Fraktur script often used in German books and newspapers. This digital collection has only an interface in German, but the advanced search mode has an English interface.
1914 – Der Kriegsbeginn im Spiegel hessischer Regionalzeitungen
The digital collection Belgen Gezocht [Searching Belgians] has been created by the Archief Eemland in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. This regional archive has digitized photographs, a newspaper and family registers about some 19,000 Belgian refugees who came to Amersfoort in 1914. 16,000 Belgian soldiers were brought to Camp Zeist. A refugee newspaper De Kampbode [The Camp Messenger] has been completely digitized (1915-1918). The family cards are partially still being transcribed and processed as part of Vele Handen [Many Hands], a Dutch crowdsourcing project for indexing and transcribing online archival records. The collections are accompanied by six virtual exhibitions about particular locations, among them the project for the Belgenmonument, the monument commemorating the Belgian presence in and around Amersfoort during the First World War. The website can only be viewed in Dutch.