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 World War I Collection: Posters has been created by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. This digital collection contains 12,300 posters published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Russia, Italy, Austria, Canada and Hungary, to mention here only the countries with more than 100 posters in this collection. The size and variety of this collection is extraordinary. There are several filters to make a selection (e.g. country of origin, language, creator) and you can set the time period. For 1914-1918 there are some 10,600 items. The results can be viewed in a list or in a grid. It is possible to create a user account, to save your search questions and create your own collections. This collections can only be viewed with an English interface.
The digital World War I Collection has been created by the University of Colorado, Boulder. This digital collection contains some 1,100 books ranging from pamphlets and government publications to full monographs. You can either browse them all and subsequently narrow the results using search filters or search using categories. Among the more frequent subjects are atrocities, peace, propaganda, the United States of America and food supply. The collection can only be viewed in English.
The virtual exhibition 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg [100 Years First World War] has been created in 2014 by the Österreichisches Staatsarchiv in Vienna. You can search among 24 thematic collections which cover many aspects of the First World War and its immediate aftermath. You can look at a chronology for military and diplomatic events, at milestones in daily life and documents related to them, or compare the diary entries of Karl Schneller, an influential officer in the Austrian army staff (Armeeoberkommando (AOK)), and emperor Franz Joseph for a specific date. The exhibition can only be viewed in German.
The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection is a digital collection at the Sheridan Libraries of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. This collection contains some 29,000 sheets with printed music published in the United States between 1780 and 1980. The Levy Collection is one of the largest collections of American sheet music. In particular songs about wars or published during periods of war, from the Anglo-American War until the First World War, are to be found here. A search with the subject World War I yields nearly 600 results. You can use the simple search mode by entering either a term in the free text field or use the filters for subjects, composers and publishers, or use the advanced search mode. Levy published books about American music. Not only the text of individual songs published during the First World War is interesting, but also the art work, the subjects of songs and their value for morale and propaganda aims.
The Levy Collection can also be searched using the interface of the Sheet Music Consortium, a service maintained at UCLA Library with access to some forty American collections. Here you can find nearly 6,000 digitized items concerning the First World War.
The digital collection 1914 – Der Kriegsbeginn im Spiegel hessischer Regionalzeitungen [1914: The start of the war mirrored in Hessian regional newspapers] has been created by HeBIS, the Hessisches Bibliothek- und Informationssystem, a library consortium led by the Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main. Seven libraries in Hessen present here 107 digitized regional newspapers for 1914. These newspapers reflect views and news about the beginning of the First World War and its impact. You can search with a free search text field, browse by titles, locations, printers and publishers. In the advanced search mode (Search details) you can combine several filters. There is a reading guide (PDF) helping to decipher the Fraktur script often used in German books and newspapers. This digital collection has only an interface in German, but the advanced search mode has an English interface.
The digital collection Chansons et musique de la Première Guerre Mondiale [Songs and music of the First World War] has been created by the Bibliothèque nationale de France as a part of Gallica, its digital portal. The recordings of songs, sometimes accompanied by illustrations, are presented in seven categories, starting with songs written between 1871 and 1914 in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian war with pleas for a revanche, combat songs, patriotic hymns, soldiers’ songs about the life at the front, songs from the home front about daily life, a selection of English songs, and songs about the armistice. Interestingly you can often listen to different versions of a particular song. You can also browse the entire set of collections. However, there is no search possibility. As for now the collection can only be viewed using an interface in French.