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.
The digital collection American war posters from the First World War has been created by the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. The collection contains nearly 170 posters created in the United States between 1914 and 1919. This digital collection is not directly available at the website of the Bancroft Library, but instead it can be viewed both at the Calisphere digital portal and in the Online Archive of California (OAC).
The Bancroft Library has also digitized 68 British posters from the First World War (Calisphere; OAC), some 75 Canadian First World War posters (Calisphere, OAC), and 26 French posters and broadsides from this period (Calisphere, OAC). Both Calisphere and OAC offer a free text search within the collections. OAC allows also searching in the collection guide for non-digitized items.
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.
The 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.
The digital collection Første Verdenskrig: Kort [Maps of the First World War] has been created by Det Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen, the Danish national library. This collection contains some 170 maps made in Denmark during the First World War and during its immediate aftermath. There are seven sections. Four atlases deal successively with the 1921 border between Denmark and Germany (63 maps), the city of Flensburg (9 maps), four statistical maps for the province of South Jutland, and a general atlas of the Great War (20 maps). The other sections contain maps for Africa (2 maps), Denmark (9 maps) and Europe (78 maps). There are also some German and British maps with a clear propagandistic aim.
The virtual exhibition Der Erste Weltkrieg und das Ende der Habsburgermonarchie [The First World War and the end of the Habsburg monarchy] has been created by Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna. You can conduct a general search using the free text search field, click the map for information about a particular part of the Habsburg Empire, look at a particular year of the First World War and its aftermath, or choose from the many themes covering a wide variety of subjects. The digitized items featured in this exhibition come from the holdings of several institutions in Vienna and elsewhere. The exhibition can be viewed in German and English.
The digital collection World War I Sheet Music has been created by the University of Missouri-Kansas City University Libraries. The collection contains nearly 300 American songs dating from the period 1914 to 1919. Apart from songs originally created during the First World War there also songs already dating from the Civil War. You can search the music using one or two of the search fields where you can choose a field such as title or author from a drop down list, browse all songs or all records of the items. By choosing “Other views” for a particular song you will view also the musical scores themselves. The covers of many songs contain significant illustrations.
The virtual exhibition World War I Songs has been created at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and curated by Adriana Brook. This collection contains 125 songs from Canada in English, 80 of them dating from the First World War. A gallery shows all photographs of the sheet music of all songs. Many covers are illustrated. The songs are accompanied by a complete overview of the lyrics, an analysis, and a bibliography of relevant literature.
The digital collection World War I Poster Collection is a project of the Indianapolis Public Library. This collection consists of 213 American posters from the First World War created between 1917 and 1919. These posters were often designed by well-known artists. You can browse the entire collection, search using the free text search field, narrow your search by subject or artist, or use the advanced search.
The digital gallery of First World War ‘Official Photographs’ has been created by the National Library of Scotland (NLS), Edinburgh. This collection with some 4,000 photographs is originally part of the Douglas Haig papers (NLS, Acc. 3155 and MSS. 28001-). The digital collection has been divided conveniently in a number of sections, for example images of Field Marshall Earl Douglas Haig himself, the British Western Front, royal visits, images of the British cavalry, of the allied forces, and images created after the Great War. There are also photographs of Germans and images taken in Germany. You can browse the images, use a simple search with a free text field or the advanced search mode.
The NLS has also created a Flickr gallery with nearly 2,000 World War One Official British Photographs. The University of British Columbia has digitized 3,860 images from a similar collection in their holdings.