Tag Archives: Postcards

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze: Collezioni della Prima Guerra Mondiale

Italiian poster La Guerra del Mare - image BNCFThe Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF) brings to the Italian digital platform Internet Culturale five digital collections concerning the First World War, Collezioni della Prima Guerra Mondiale, which would merit accessibility at a separate subdomain of the BNCF:

Libri: in this collection with some 2,400 books you can find works on a variety of subjects, ranging from biographies, military treatises and tracts about health and medicine to sociological studies, literature and legislation.

Periodici: in this collection with nearly 900 items you will find journals and magazines, both general publications and special journals for subjects such as economy, society, finance and industry. There are also digitized trench journals, official bulletins and war diaries.

Iconografia: in this small section with just 150 items you can find materials such as postcards, posters and manifests, illustrations and cartoons. Some illustrations show the life of Italian prisoners of war in Austria.

Carte geografiche: this section contains 70 maps, most of them created by geographical institutes. The maps show in particular the regions on the border with the Habsburg Empire. The maps from 1919 show the new border with Austria.

Spartiti musicali: in this section with some 300 items you can find all kinds of musical scores. There are military marches, festive hymns and popular songs, works for choir and songs for children.

At Internet Culturale the BNCF presents many collections. The BNCF contributes to Europeana Collections 1914-1918.

Prisoners of the First World War

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The digital collection Prisoners of the First World War has been created by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This collection contains digitized archival records about some 10 million prisoners of war during the First World War, mainly in Europe, but also in Russia, the Near East, India and Japan. The belligerent countries sent lists of prisoners to the ICRC. These lists were organized in alphabetical indexes which have been digitized for this project. You can search here individual persons, but also look at information about the internment camps, in particular from official inspection reports, browse postcards of the ICRC concerning the camps, and read letters about prisoners sent to the ICRC. Among the examples of information about prisoners is the archival record for captain Charles de Gaulle. The collection is accessible in English and French.

Prisoners of the First World War

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

Soldiers’ Mail: Letters home from a Yankee Doughboy 1916-1919

Photogtaph of Samuel E. AveryThe digital collection Soldiers’ Mail: Letters home from a Yankee Doughboy 1916-1919 has been created by Richard E. Landers. The collection presents letters, notes from his diary and postcards written by sergeant Samuel E. Avery to members of his family in Boston, Massachusetts. Avery served in France with the 103rd Infantry Regiment. The series of letters starts in 1916 with his service during the Mexican Border Campaign. Each letter appears in a post on this blog. Among special subjects getting attention here is music: you can listen to a number of popular songs from the First World War. The website has also a image gallery and a useful bibliography on American soldiers and the First World War. The links in the blogroll are concerned with this subject, too, and bring you to more digital projects with First World War letters.

Soldiers’ Mail: Letters home from a Yankee Doughboy 1916-1919

Der Erste Weltkrieg auf der Bildpostkarte

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The digital collection Der Erste Weltkrieg auf der Bildpostkarte [The First World War on illustrated postcards] has been created by the musicologist Sabine Giesebrecht at the University of Osnabrück. This collection with seventeen sections is particular strong for the field of songs and music. The collection concerning the First World War is divided into three major sections. The first section (13) deals with the start of the war, propaganda, music and humour (some 1,200 cards). The second section (14), Kämpfe 1914-1918 [Battles 1914-1918] brings you to the armies, the enemies, the fronts and weapons (some 1,700 items). The third section (15), Heimat und Front 1914-1918 [Home and the front] shows nearly 1,000 items with themes such as religion, daily life, the  role of women, support for the armies and savings. The images of the postcards can be enlarged. Images have been marked with a collection logo. You can search for any search term in the free text search field, use the index of incipits of songs or search for persons and keywords in the indexes. The website can only be viewed in German.

Der Erste Weltkrieg auf der Bildpostkarte

Bando-Sammlung

Logo Bando-SammlungThe 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.

Bandō-Sammlung

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

Propaganda Postcards of the Great War

example-postcard-propagandaThe digital collection Propaganda Postcards of the Great War has been created by two collectors, Paul Hageman and Jerry Kosanovich. The website presents some 1,400 postcards, most of them issued with propagandistic aims. You can search using the free text search field or choose from several subjects. The postcards are accompanied by general introductions to some subjects concerning the First World War. The link Contents brings you to a quick overview of subjects. There are also postcards from the revolutionary period in Germany between 1918 and 1920. The digital collection can be viewed in English, German, French and Dutch.

Propaganda Postcards of the Great War

Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine

Logo BDICThe Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine (BDIC) was founded in 1918 with the purpose of building a collection with all possible information about the First World War. The BDIC is currently a part of the Université de Paris-Ouest at Nanterre. The BDIC has some 800,000 books in its holdings and 2,500 archival collections. 60,000 documents with some 400,000 pages have been digitized. The information about the First World War is not prominently visible at the website. You can start searching among the main types of collections (books, archives, images, paintings, objects) and in the digital library (Bibliothèque numérique). However, there are separate sections dedicated to the First World War, and some shortcuts:

A post in German at the blog La Grande Guerre offers further guidance to the First World War collections of the BDIC. In November 2014 the BDIC launched a new digital portal, L’Argonnaute, with online expositions, collections and a blog. There is an overview of digitized materials concerning the Grande Guerre. In addition to those already mentioned here you will find, posters (affiches), pamphlets (tracts), documents about the peace treaties and documentation about the rehabiltation of fusillied soldiers (Les fusillés de 1917). Apart from these collections you can view the online exhibition Camus, Krier, Lotze: itinéraires croisés des trois artistes combattants.

Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine

14-18: La Suisse en cartes postales

Logo 14-18 cartes postalesThe digital collection 14-18: La Suisse en cartes postales has been created at the Université de Fribourg with postcards from the holdings of the Swiss National Library in Bern. The postcards have been arranged around six themes, such as the image of Switzerland itself, war and daily life, politics and military affairs, humanitarian aid, propaganda and satire. The website can only be viewed in French.

14-18: La Suisse en cartes postales