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Cultural exchange in a time of global conflict: Sourcebook

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The digital collection Cultural exchange in a time of global conflict. Colonials, neutrals and belligerents during the First World War: Sourcebook has been created by the team of the international CEBG project. This digital collection aiming at students in higher education offers a selection of sources from various holdings. You can select items for particular themes or choose a source genre, use the free search field or use the advanced search mode.

Cultural exchange in a time of global conflict. Colonials, neutrals and belligerents during the First World War: Sourcebook

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Sassoon Journals

Photo of Siegfried SassoonThe digital collection of the Sassoon Journals has been launched as a part of the Cambridge Digital Library. This collection contains digitized 23 diaries written by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), one of the British War Poets. He served as an officer, first with the Sussex Yeomanry, and later with the Royal Welch Fuseliers. Ten diaries kept at Cambridge University Library (MS. Add. 9852/1) stem from the First World War, starting in November 1915 (Add. 9852/1, nos. 4 to 13). Apart from notes about the war in France and his actions both at the front and in the United Kingdom the diaries contain drawings and also drafts of some of his poems. Sassoon served with the British Army not only in France, but also in Egypt and Palestine. For each diary a summary is provided with direct links to the most important entries and elements.

The war poems of Siegfried Sassoon can be read online in particular at the First World War Poetry Digital Archive.

Sassoon Journals

DNB – 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg

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The virtual exhibition DNB – 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg [100 years First World War] has been created by the Deutsche Bücherei in Leipzig, nowadays part of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. In 1914 the Deutsche Bücherei started collecting items for a Weltkriegssamlung. The virtual exhibition has been created for the centenary of the First World War. A selection of items from a wide variety of resources has been catalogued anew and partially digitized. By clicking on the menu you can choose item concerning a number of themes, such as Krieg sammeln (collecting the war), Krieg Ausstellen (showing the war), Medienwelt (the world of the media, with a wide variety in formats), Kriegsalltag (daily life during the war), propaganda and persons. You can also select some thirty themes from an alphabetical overview (A-Z). The Zeitstrahl (“time ray”) allows you to search on a time-table for events during a particular year. The virtual exhibition can only be accessed in German.

During the First World War more libraries in Germany and Austria have created Kriegssammlungen (War collections). So far only a few collections have been digitized. More information about them is given at Kriegssamlungen in Deutschland 1914-1918; this website has been included and described here, too.

DNB – 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg

Blue Cross War Horse Collection

Logo Blue Cross War Horse CollectionThe Blue Cross War Horse Collection is a digital collection created by the Blue Cross, an organization for animal welfare founded in 1897. The Blue Cross has digitized from its holdings photographs, poems, letters and books from the First World War. The collection contains a historic gallery with several documents, slide shows and some interviews, images from the book The Blue Cross at War and written resources.

The digital collection has been prepared also for the exhibition War Horse: Fact & Fiction at the National Army Museum, London.

Blue Cross War Horse Collection

Canadian Letters and Images

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The digital project Canadian Letters and Images presents letters and letter collections from the wars in which Canadian soldiers fought. The project has been created by Stephen Davies, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia. For the First World War there is a separate section, with some 300 letters. The letters can be searched with a keyword search.  Poetry is often mentioned in letters, and the texts of some poems are present in letters. In the overview of collections the letters are shown in alphabetical order with an entry for each author. This information is linked to resources at Libraries and Archives Canada. The section Special items contains digitized versions of two letter collections concerning the First World War with both 300 letters first published in two Ontario newspapers.

Canadian Letters and Images

The Great War 1914-1918: Poetry and postcards

WWI poetry and postcards, Emory University

The digital collection The Great War 1914-1918 is a collection of poetry and postcards created by Harry Rusche at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. The poetry collection features poems in English by a restricted selection of British and American authors, and some early anthologies of First World War poetry.  Poems can be browsed by volume and poet, and there is both a simple search for free text and an advanced search mode. The 472 postcards stem from a dozen countries. They can be browsed by several categories, too, or searched using the advanced search mode.

Harry Rusche has also created a website on The Lost Poets of the Great War, with short biographies and some poems of these poets.

The Great War 1914-1918

First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Logo First World War Poetry Digital ArchiveThe First World War Poetry Digital Archive, a website created at Oxford University, presents digitized versions of poems by British authors written during the First World War. The group of writers commonly called The War Poets is well represented.

In 2008 the team of this website invited the public to send items form their personal collections to create a new section with the title The Great War Archive. This resulted in additional collections of photographs, films and other materials, numbering in total  some 5,600 items which can be searched in an online database. Its success prompted the European crowdsourcing project Europeana 1914-1918.

First World War Poetry Digital Archive