The set of thematic research guides for archival research concerning the First World War is part of the Cendari portal for a collective European digital archival infrastructure. The core of the Cendari portal is the creation of a directory of archives in Europe and their collections. A second service is the creation of archival research guides. In this section you can find sixteen guides concerning the First World War. These guides deal for instance with prisoners of war, the importance of diaries and personal narratives, the role of women, religion, coercion in the armies, medicine and workers’ movements. Poland and Russia are among the countries receiving particular attention. There are also nine similar guides for research on medieval history and (religious) culture.
Thematic research guides for archival research – Cendari
The digital collection JM World War One Sketchbooks, 1917-1918 has been created by the Special Collections Library of the University of Victoria, British Columbia. The collection consists of images of 130 water-colour and pen and ink sketches from two sketchbooks of an unidentified British soldier who served with the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery. He was stationed in France and Belgium, in particular near Ypres and Menin. A number of sketches show caricatures of British social life. You can browse the entire collection, choose Book 1 or 2, select title pages or paired images, or view images by choosing among pre-selected themes touching on people and the war.
JM World War One Sketchbooks, 1917-1918
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.
Revolution, Rätegremien und Räterepublik in Bayern 1918/19
The International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam has created on its website a research guide for the First World War. It presents some twenty relevant collections at the IISH. There is a similar guide on the war and peace movements. The IISH has made some twenty online guides to its various collections. The IISH has the largest holdings worldwide for collections documenting the history of socialism and labour movements, and facilitates research on this theme in many countries. The library of the IISH has rich holdings in relevant literature.
Currently the IISH is digitizing many of its famous collections, but other less well known collections are being digitized, too. The IISH provides a list of the collections which will be digitized soon, with digital finding aids. The digital collections of the IISH will increasingly appear at the Social History Portal in cooperation with sister institutes elsewhere in Europe. Items from its digital collections can also be found at Europeana 1914-1918. The website of the IISH can be viewed in English and Dutch.
IISH research guide on the First World War
The portal of the Collectif de Recherche International et de Débat sur la Guerre de 1914-1918 (CRID 1418) brings you to bibliographical resources concerning the First World War. Studies on eyewitness accounts and social history form the heart of this portal. There are two online dictionaries, the Lexique 1914-1818 and a dictionary of medical terms, a database on the Chemin des Dames, and a section with educational resources. The portal contains also announcements and recensions of new publications. The collective is a group of French scholars and specialists which publishes its own series of studies on the First World War. The website is only available in French.
Collectif de Recherche International et de Débat sur la Guerre de 1914-1918