The digital collection La Grande Guerra Più 100 [The Great War 100 Years On] has been created by the Università di Trento as an educational project to which scholars from several Italian and other universities (Innsbruck, Cracow, Montpellier) contributed. The core of the project is a calendar providing information about the First World War in a particular month exactly 100 years ago. There are biographies of politicians, military leaders and public persons. Infographs and photographic dossiers shed light on a number of themes. There are also sections with testimonies and thematic contributions. The worldwide impact of the First World War comes into relief, but also both the Western and Eastern fronts in Europe. The website can be viewed in Italian and English.
The digital collection Discours et témoignages de la Première Guerre Mondiale [Speeches and witness accounts of the First World War] has been created by the Bibliothèque nationale de France as a part of Gallica, its digital portal. This small collection of sound recordings contains eleven speeches by René Viviani, Paul Deschanel, Raymond Poincaré and two other politicians, a witness account by a cardinal of the fire destroying Reims Cathedral in 1914, and two speeches held by a French colonel. A number of speeches is accompanied by images and parliamentary records. The collection can only be viewed in French.
The digital collection with The Cabinet Papers 1915-1986 has been created by the British National Archives at Kew. Among these papers the series CAB 23 with First World War conclusions and CAB 24, First World War memoranda, are the main resources concerned with the First World War. The series with conclusions contains also minutes. Under the heading Meetings and papers is an overview of the series. You can retrieve the papers in the PDF format. A number of these PDF’s is extremely large, around 100 MB and larger.
Before 1916 there are no formal Cabinet minutes. You can study these papers by browsing major themes or searching for particular keywords with a free text search which can be narrowed in time. In the advanced search mode you can limit your search to specific types of documents and precise your text search. For educational purposes there are a “Writing Frame”, time maps and teaching guides for A Level studies, and a useful glossary which contains also brief notes about a number of persons.
The digital collection Western European Theater Political Pamphlet Collection 1894-1918 has been created by Princeton University Library (collection MC 248). The collection contains in 77 boxes items from European countries collected since 1914. Apart from pamphlets in English there are items in French, German, Russian, Italian and other languages. The pamphlets do not only touch upon politics but on many aspects of the First World War and the period immediately before the war. The digitized pamphlets are accessible using an online finding aid. In the left side bar you can click on subjects and time periods which open either an item or a set of items within a record. You can use the general search field for a free text search. It is also possible to view the entire finding aid as a page or to download it as a PDF.
The virtual exhibition Europaeisk krig uundgaaelig [European war is inevitable] has been created by the Riksarkivet og Statsarkivene, the Norwegian national archives. This small virtual exhibition shows twelve telegrams and letters documenting the activity of Norwegian diplomats and politicians during the summer of 1914. Norway was one of the countries that declared themselves neutral during the First World War. The exhibition can only be viewed in Norse.
The digital collection Notulen van de ministerraad [Cabinet minutes] is a project of the Belgian National Archives (Algemeen Rijksarchief/Archives de l’État en Belgique) in Brussels. This digital collection contains digitized photocopies (PDF) of cabinet notes made between 1917 and 1979. Only in 1917 the Belgian cabinet decided to start creating notes. In principle the cabinet was convened every week, but when necessary the ministers met more often. You can either choose to search the full text of the notes or find notes of a particular meeting using the chronological overview. The languages of the notes themselves is either in Dutch or French. Apart from the Dutch interface you can also use the French interface to access the Procès-verbaux du Conseil des Ministres.
The virtual exhibition Første Verdenskrig 1914-1918 [First World War 1914-1918] has been created by Det Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen, the Danish national library. This virtual exhibition has been launched to accompany the exhibition Ned med våbnene [Away with weapons] at Det Kongelige Bibliotek (September 4, 2014-January 31, 2015). The focus of the virtual exhibition is on seven very different persons: a politician, a soldier, a woman active in the peace movement, an interpreter working with prisoners of war, a union leader, a socialist and an intellectual. Each of them is briefly portrayed, and you can look at telling images or listen to spoken versions of some of their writings. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in Danish.
The Danish national library contributes digitized materials concerning the First World War mainly to Europeana Collections 1914-1918. You can find these materials also using this overview which bring you to some 700 books (bøger), nearly 900 pamphlets (småtryk), 6600 images (billeder) and 180 maps (kort). You can choose between an interface in Danish or English. Some digitized Danish and Norwegian literature from the First World War held at Det Kongelige Bibliotek is accessible at The European Library portal.
The virtual exhibition David Lloyd George has been created in 1995 by the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. The virtual exhibition shows the career of Lloyd George (1863-1945) from its beginnings in Wales to his political life in England crowned with his role as Prime Minister (1916-1922). He led the United Kingdom through three years of the First World War after he took over power from Herbert Asquith. As Chancellor of the Exchequer (1908-1915) his role in transforming society had been certainly not less important. The exhibition shows photographs, some films and a sound recording made in the thirties of a speech originally held in 1918. The exhibition can be viewed in English and Welsh.
The National Library of Wales (NLW) has in its holdings several series of papers documenting the political career of David Lloyd George. His diary from 1886 (NLW, William George Papers 6) has been digitized, as are his more than three thousand letters to his brother William George (NLW , MSS 20403-42). The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales has digitized in a special gallery numerous films kept at the NLW featuring David Lloyd George . Most of these films were made after the First World War.
The digital World War I Pamphlets Collection has been created at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The collection contains some 400 pamphlets, mainly published in the United Kingdom and the United States. They can be browsed in its enterity or by subject. Searches can be narrowed by date, creator, publisher and Library of Congress Subject Headings.
The digital collection British Library: Early spoken word recordings is part of the Sounds portal of the British Library in London. The section with early speech recordings belongs to the sound recordings within the oral history collection. English historians have developed a vigorous tradition in collecting and recording stories told by both ordinary people and people with official functions. The collection contains some 600 recordings from 1890 until the sixties. Among the small number of recordings from the First World War is a speech by Herbert Asquith. Current information about the Sounds portal can be found at the sounds and vision blog of the British Library.