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 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 Monica Roberts Collection is a digital collection at the portal Dublin Heritage, an initiative of the Dublin City Public Library and Archive. This digital collection contains 453 letters from 56 soldiers. Monica Roberts was active in a committee sending gifts and practical things to soldiers at the front. The collection is part of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive (RDFA/001). There is a separate guide to the Monica Roberts Collection and a list of letters. From Monica Roberts just one letter survives, but you can view her diary which is particularly interesting for the 1916 Easter Rising (RDFA.01.08.048). Apart from images there are accompanying transcriptions. You can search for correspondents, use the full text search or browse the entire collection.
The virtual exhibition The Diary of Mary Martin has been created at Trinity College, Dublin. Mary Martin was an Irish widow living in Dublin, mother of twelve children. One of them served with the British Army. The virtual exhibition shows 132 fragments from her diary in the year 1916, some letters sent to her son who went missing during service at Salonika with the Royal Dublin Fuseliers, and some photographs. The diary, now at the National Library of Ireland (MS 34,256A), contains information about Mary’s family, friends and relatives, about the Irish home front and the Easter Rising of 1916. You can read transcriptions and look at images of the diary. The diary can be searched with a free text search, browsed at will or entered for a specific date using a calendar.
The virtual exhibition and digital collection Canada’s Siberian Expedition has been created by the University of Victoria, British Columbia. The collection is concerned with a part of the attempts of the Allied countries between 1917 and 1920 to intervene in Russia against the Bolshevik who had gained power during the Russian Revolution. The Canadian Expeditionary Forces with 4,200 soldiers landed in Vladivostok. The Canadian stayed there, but they made reconnaissance voyages to Omsk and into China. The digital collection consists mainly of some 2,400 photographs. There is an interactive map. Educational resources have been provided for teachers. You can also consult an online journal dedicated to the history of this expedition at the accompanying blog. The website can be viewed in English, French and Russian.
The digital collection Revolution, Rätegremien und Räterepublik in Bayern 1918/19 is concerned with the revolutionary period in Bavaria in 1918 and 1919 during the last year of and the period immediately following the First World War. The digital collection has been created by the Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online, the digital portal for the history and cultural heritage of Bavaria. In the collection is special attention for the person and role of Kurt Eisner, for other politicians, for the revolutionary councils and other committees. Separate sections present contemporary sources such as newspapers and pamphlets, and there is a selection of digitized early scholarly literature on the revolution and the short-lived republic. Some of the references are to the Historisches Lexikon Bayerns, the digital version of a lexicon for the history of Bavaria, with some extensive articles about this period.
The 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.
The digital collection 100(0) Schlüsseldokumente zur russischen und sowjetischen Geschichte (1000 Key Ðocuments from Russian and Soviet History) has been created by institutions in Germany, Austria and Russia. You can only use a simple search mode. The digital collection has a twin sister, 100(0) Schlüsseldokumente zur deutschen Geschichte im 20. Jahrhundert (100(0) Key Documents for German History in the 20th century). The website can be viewed in German and Russian.
The digital project Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801-1922 (EPPI) gives online access to parliamentary papers on matters related to Ireland, the Irish Revolt, the creation of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. EPPI has been created by the Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Ulster Libraries. In EPPI you can search for words, titles, dates, accounts, bills, Command Papers and reports, the two last categories being created on behalf of the British government. One can search the Command Papers by number. You can also search using Library of Congress Subject Headings. You can find here much more than in the electronic version of the Hansard for 1803 to 2005.
The EPPI project started at the University of Southampton where a rare complete set of British parliamentary records is kept. With additional materials this set has been digitized between 2002 and 2005. It now contains some 14,000 papers with a total of more than a half million pages. The EPPI project is now part of Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration.
The Great Arab Revolt Project is a ten-year scholarly project of two British institutions and a number of institutions in Jordany to investigate the traces of the First World War and the Great Arab Revolt in the Middle East. In particular the British war efforts left traces. There is a section on T.E. Lawrence and his role during the First World War. The website contains archeological reports and photo sections. There is a small bibliographical section, too, and a selection of web links.