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
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
The 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.
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
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
In the project Europeana Newspapers supported by Europeana and The European Library newspapers from European countries will be digitized or made accessible in one portal. At the project website of Europeana Newspapers you can find more background information. Using the current search interface at The European Library you can already search in nearly 200 newspapers from various European countries held in the collections of major libraries. You can search by title, country, issue date, period and this date in history. As for now the period 1914-1918 is only thinly covered. The project started in 2012 and will be finished in 2017.
Some digitized German newspapers published during the First World War can be found at digiPress: Bayerische Zeitungen. Digitized Belgian newspapers from this period are present at the portal The Belgian War Press. Dutch newspapers can be consulted online at the Delpher portal of the Royal Library, The Hague.
The digital collection Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures was created by the Library of Congress to present a selection of newspaper pictorials from 1913 to 1919 from three American newspapers, including The New York Times. The illustrated sections of newspapers gained in strength and influence by the quality of the rotogravure process nowadays still in use. Its first use for a newspaper stems from 1910. Apart from images from newspapers the collection features five background essays.This digitical collection is part of the digital portal American Memory.
Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures