The digital project Transcribathon Europeana 1914-1918 is an initiative of the platform Europeana. In this crowdsourcing project the general public is invited to transcribe letters, postcards and diaries or to annotate pictures within the digital collections at Europeana 1914-1918. On this multilingual website some 50,000 items have been prepared for transcribing or annotating. There are tutorials in nine languages. You can start working with items after registration. There is a educational section for using this project in schools. You can choose items from an interactive maps, browse for items in a particular language or focus on a particular topic. Each year a number of transcribathons (transcribing sessions) are held in European cities.
The blog Der Erste Weltkrieg in Selbstzeugnissen [The First World War in Eyewitness Accounts] is a project of the Sammlung Frauennachlässe of the Universität Wien (Vienna). The documents are presented at the blog Salon21 of this research platform for women’s history and documents of women with some 400 collections in its holdings. On the blog excerpts from diaries, postcards or complete letters written by women are presented in a day-to-day sequence following the years 1914 to 1918 exactly one hundred years later. Women corresponded with each other, or they wrote to soldiers at the front and vice versa. There are documents by mothers, sisters, school girls and friends.
The Sammlung Frauennachlässe is a member of the network European Diaries Archives and Collections. The institute has created a rich links collection on women history, relevant research institutes and documentary collections with diaries and letters.
The website 14/18: Lyon dans la guerre has been created as part of the Archives en ligne [Online Archives] of the Archives municipales de Lyon. This website brings you to six digitized collections: deliberations of the city council, soldiers who were killed in action and earned the mention Mort pour la France, postcards, war diaries, posters and the experience of workers. The section with the diaries can also be reached separately as Les carnets de Barthélémy Mermet. The collections are accompanied by a general overview of Lyon during the First World War, and dossiers with information about numerous themes from archival records and items in the archive. The collections can only be viewed in French.
The digital exhibition World War I comes to The Newberry has been created by The Newberry Library, Chicago. This exhibition touches several themes around the First World War, with for example attention to postcards, the role of engineers at the Western Front, the home front and the war economy. A second section focuses on the end of the war, the role of American women in rebuilding France and the return of refugees. In a number of sections there is only a narrative with references to items put on show, but without images or digital versions of them.
The digital collection John Robertson Hawke: World War I letters and artifacts has been created by the University of Wollongong. John Robertson Hawke (1890-1965) was a Scottish immigrant. He worked as a warehouseman before joining in 1915 the Australian Army. He fought in Egypt, France and Belgium (Ypres). He performed in particular communication tasks as a signaller. The collection contains two postcards and 200 letters, mainly written to his parents and family, a pay book and a field medical card. There is a collection guide (collection D55; PDF).
In a second collection you will find letters, postcards, documents and objects from and about another Australian soldier, William George Abate who was killed in action in 1917.
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.
The virtual exhibition En guerre: French illustrators and World War I has been created in 2014 by the University of Chicago Library. The exhibition looks at some major aspects of the First World War, such as the Allied powers and the Centrals, but also at the home front and children. The images show book covers, images from illustrated books, postcards and posters. There is a printed catalogue for the original exhibition.
The digital collection Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life has been created by Maynooth University. The aim of this project is to collect letters and postcards documenting the year 1916 in Ireland – more exactly from November 1915 to October 1916 – in all its dimensions, not only the Easter Rising and the Great War, but also daily life and business. Not only cultural institutions contribute to this collections. Individuals can give letters to be digitized or transcribe letters. At the start there were already some 2,200 letters. The letters can be searched freely or browsed for particular themes and months.
The digital project La Grande Collecte [The Great Collect] was an initiative in 2013 and 2014 launched by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Archives de France and the Mission Centenaire 1914-1918. In this crowdsourcing project the aim was inviting the general public to bring sources from their private collections to the regional archives in order to digitize and publish them on a separate online platform. You can use the free text search field to search the results at will, use an advanced search mode (Recherche avancée) or filter them by the type of document (official publications, correspondence, diaries, photographs and drawings). In its present state this digital collections contains for these categories only a few dozen examples; there are some 130 photographs. The collection can only be accessed in French.
In 2018 the number of items was still relatively low, with for example 300 postcards and 200 photographs.
The digital collection World War I Postcards from the Bowman Gray Collection has been created by the library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection contains some 6,400 postcards from the main belligerent countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Russia and Italy), but also from other countries. The sheer number of postcards in this collection is equivalent to the number of interesting subjects, for example cavalry or children. Some commercial series, too, are completely present. You can browse the collection in its entirety (530 records with often multiple items), choose among the subjects, names and places, or use the free text search. The general introduction to this collection gives also a succinct bibliography on the subject of First World War postcards.