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Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze: Collezioni della Prima Guerra Mondiale

Italiian poster La Guerra del Mare - image BNCFThe 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.

At Internet Culturale the BNCF presents many collections. The BNCF contributes to Europeana Collections 1914-1918.


Das Kriegstagebuch des Alfred Hermann Fried

Photo of Alfred Hermann FriedThe digital project Das Kriegstagebuch des Alfred Hermann Fried brings a digital version of the diaries kept by Alfred Hermann Fried (1864-1921), an Austrian journalist and pacifist. Fried received in 1911 the Nobel Prize for Peace. He worked with Bertha von Suttner. He also promoted Esperanto. During the First World War his views were not very welcome in Austria, and he had to take refuge in Switzerland. Fried had access to numerous newspapers. The digital project gives a searchable version (Volltextsuche) of his diaries running from August 1914 to June 1919; you can choose the entry for a particular date from the calendar. The diaries can only be viewed in German.

Das Kriegstagebuch des Alfred Hermann Fried

Cymru 1914: The Welsh experience of the First World War

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The digital portal Cymru 1914: The Welsh experience of the First World War is a gateway to digitized collections in the holdings of archives and libraries in Wales.  The portal has been created by JISC, the National Library of Wales and other cultural institutions in Wales. On this portal you can access digitized archival records, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers and sound recordings.  You can search for items with a free text search field. You can limit the results to particular types of resources or choose items from a particular institution. You can also browse the various collections for a particular type of resource. The portal can be viewed in English and Welsh.

Welsh activities concerning the centenary of the First World War can be conveniently found at the portal site Wales Remembers.

Cymru 1914: The Welsh experience of the First World War

digiPress: Bayerische Zeitungen

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The portal digiPress: Bayerische Zeitungen is a project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. The portal itself is a part of the large-scale digitization project Digitale Sammlungen. In this project for the digitization of 26 Bavarian newspapers you can currently use six newspapers covering the period 1914 to 1919, the Bayerisches Brauer-Journal, Coburger Regierungs-Blatt, Coburger Zeitung, Münchener Stadtanzeiger, Münchener Stadtanzeiger und Münchener Ratsch-Kathl, and the Regierungs-Blatt für das Herzogtum Coburg. You can search the texts of some newspapers – but not the six mentioned here – using the free text search of the Volltextsuche, use the Erweiterte Suche, an advanced search mode, or look for particular years and dates using the calendar (Kalender). The portal can only be viewed in German.

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has rich holdings in newspapers from Eastern Europe and Russia published during the First World War.

digiPress: Bayerische Zeitungen


Logo Bando-SammlungThe virtual exhibition Bandō-Sammlung has been created in 2005 by the Deutsches Institut für Japan-Studien in Tokyo. After the fall of the Chinese town Tsingtau in 1914 some 5,000 Germans were taken to the camp Bandō as prisoners of war. The collection came to the DIJ in 1998 and documents their life and behaviour between 1914 and 1920. Materials on other camps with German prisoners of war in Japan and China were added in 2004 and 2005  to the original collection. The prisoners at Bandō had their own camp journal, Die Baracke. The collection contains a great variety of materials, such as maps, postcards, photographs, books, maps, sport and concert programs. An index helps you to search for persons, for locations of camps, keywords and groups of keywords. The website can be viewed in German and Japanese.


Scrapbook diaries of Emma Young Dickson

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The digital collection Scrapbook diaries of Emma Young Dickson has been  created at the University of Minnesota. This collection with some seventy items relates to her service with the YMCA in France during the First World War. Apart from the scrapbook diaries there are letters by and to Emma Young Dickson, some books and memorabilia. The collection is a part of the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. Within this YMCA collection the digitized Trench and Camp Newspaper is also interesting.

Scrapbook diaries of Emma Young Dickson

Kriegssammlungen in Deutschland 1914-1918

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The portal Kriegssammlungen in Deutschland 1914-1918 is a project at the Badische Landesbibliothek, Karlsruhe, for an online inventory of original German war collections created during the First World War. Albert Buddecke’s 1917 book about 217 German war collections forms the starting point for this project. You can search for any search term using the simple search (Freie Suche) or use the search screen with fixed terms (Indexsuche). The range of the materials in these collections is very wide. As for now only a very limited number of these collections has been digitized. The portal can be viewed only in German.

The three main digitized Kriegssammlungen are included elsewhere on this blog, the war collection of the former Hofbibliothek at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, the digital collections of the Wienbibliothek in Vienna, and the Feldzeitungen digitized at the Universitätsbiblothek Heidelberg. The Badische Landesbibliothek has digitized some 100 books from the period 1914-1918. The Lippische Landesbibliothek Detmold has digitized 47 Feldzeitungen. The Deutsche Bücherei in Leipzig has created a virtual exhibition DNB – 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg. The Staatsbibliothek Bamberg has digitized some 300 photographs and posters from the period 1914 to 1920 kept in their Kriegssammlung.

Kriegssammlungen in Deutschland 1914-1918