The website Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada has been created by the Library of the Canadian Parliament and the history portal Canadiana. On this website you can access digitized debates held in the House of Commons and the Senate from 1867 onwards. Materials for the Senate are available up to 1996. Debates from the House of Commons are available up to 1994. You can search with a free text search field in the full-text of the records for one chamber or for both chambers, select a specific period – including sessions of Parliament – and choose between French and English. The website can be consulted in English and French.
One can combine these debates with the database for Orders-in-Council for the period 1867-1916. The term orders-in-council refers to a legislative instrument generated by the governor-in-council,. An order-in-council is a formal recommendation of Cabinet approved and signed by the governor-general. Orders-in-council cover a wide range of administrative and legislative matters.
Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada
The digital project Staten-Generaal Digitaal contains parliamentary records of the Dutch Parliament from 1814 to 1995. The records were digitized by the Dutch Royal Library in The Hague. You can search for particular years and dates, subjects and select either the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, or the Tweede Kamer, the Chamber of Deputies, or both. You can search for particular records – Kamerstukken, papers debated, Kamervragen, questions, and the Handelingen, the records of the debates – or search a particular speaker. There is also an advanced search mode (uitgebreid zoeken). You can also choose to look at a small number of themes, browse and search the registers, and look at maps (kaarten). The website is only accessible in Dutch.
The digital project Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801-1922 (EPPI) gives online access to parliamentary papers on matters related to Ireland, the Irish Revolt, the creation of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. In EPPI you can search for words, titles, dates, accounts, bills, Command Papers and reports, the two last categories being created on behalf of the British government. One can search the Command Papers by number. You can also search using Library of Congress Subject Headings. You can find here much more than in the electronic version of the Hansard for 1803 to 2005.
The EPPI project started at the University of Southampton where a rare complete set of British parliamentary records is kept. With additional materials this set has been digitized between 2002 and 2005. It now contains some 14,000 papers with a total of more than a half million pages. The EPPI project is now part of Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration.
Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801-1922
The digital project Hansard 1803-2005 offers free access to digitized volumes of the Hansard, the official parliamentary reports of the United Kingdom. The Hansard contains only transcripts of parliamentary debates. The website provides lists of bills and acts.
For finding additional information you can start by looking at History of Parliament Online, the History of Parliament, the section Living Heritage of the Parliament’s website, and the web pages of the Parliamentary Archives. The website of the Parliament has now a section about the First World War.
The portal Camera dei deputati – Portale storico has been created by the Camera dei deputati, the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian parliament. On this portal you will find information about Italy’s parliamentary history since 1848, with subjects such as legislation (legislature), the presidents of the Camera dei deputati, the history and images of the Palazzo Montecitorio where the deputies convene, parliamentary procedures (regolamenti) and internal administration. The deputies themselves (Deputati), parliamentary work in the full assembly and in committees (Lavori parlamentari), acts and documents concerning new laws (Atti e documenti), have each their own section. A special section is dedicated to publications about the Italian parliament (Bibliografia del Parlamento). The First World War is covered in the period of the XXIV Legislatura del Regno d’Italia (1913-1919), presided by Giuseppe Marcora.
Camera dei deputati – Portale storico
The digital portal ALEX: Historische Rechts- und Gesetztexte Online is a project of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna to present sources for legislation, administrative and parliamentary records of the Habsburg Empire and the republic Austria. The portal features in particular the national and provincial official publications of laws. You can find them using either a chronological overview or a thematic overview. For the First World War the following collections with parliamentary records are important:
There are also some similar series for regional assemblies. Among the resources for Habsburgian and Austrian judiciary records and verdicts the following series are in particular important:
The Staatshandbuch (1703-1918), the yearbook issued by the Austrian government, and the Budget/Staatsvoranschlag (1914-1918; 1918-1963), the yearly budgets, have been digitized, too. The ALEX portal leads you also to a number of law journals and publications about the Austrian administration and ministries. You can search with one search action in all legislative sources or for particular juridical matters.
ALEX: Historische Rechts- und Gesetztexte Online
The digital collection Verhandlungen des Deutschen Reichstags contain German parliamentary records from 1867 to 1942. The section Reichstag des Kaiserreiches 1895-1918 contains 214 digitized registers with 167,000 pages. The registers have been reproduced completely to contain also the indexes. The website has two other sections, for the periods 1867 to 1895 and 1919 until 1942. On this website you can also view the Reichstaghandbücher from 1867 to 1938. The information on members of the Reichstag in this resource can also be searched in a separate online database. The registers of the Reichstag are kept at the German Bundesarchiv in Koblenz. The digital collection is presented by the digitization center of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. This digital collection can also be viewed using the Digitale Sammlungen of this library.
Reichstag des Kaiserreiches 1895-1918
In the project Procès-verbaux et rapports des commissions de la Première Guerre Mondiale the French Senat publishes digital collections of its deliberations. Not only the debates of the plenary sessions are available, but also the reports of commissions, supplementary records for the debates and the official indexes (Tables), and the reports of secret commissions deliberating in 1916 and 1917.
Procès-verbaux et rapports des commissions de la Première Guerre Mondiale