The digital collection Vojaške žrtve 1. svetovne vojne na Slovenskem [Military victims of the First World War in Slovenia] is a project hosted by the Slovenian digital history platform Sistory. In this project three archives, the Arhiv Republike Slovenije [National Archives of Slovenia], the Nadškofijski arhiv Ljubljana [Archiepiscopal Archive, Ljubljana] and the Zgodovinski arhiv Ljubljana [State Archive Ljubljana] work together with thirteen museums. The core of the project is a database in which you can search using the free text field, set filters or browse the victims (Vse žrtve). Their names, first names, date of birth, date of death, location and country of residence, and their military unit are given. Currently the database contains records for some 26,000 soldiers. As for now the database can only be viewed in Slovenian, an English interface is under construction.
The virtual exhibition Les gueules cassées 1914-1918 [Deformed faces, 1914-1918] has been created by the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire Santé, the medical library of a number of universities in Paris. The exhibition presents most graphically one of the ways soldiers suffered at the fronts by shells and bullets which hit their faces and cruelly deformed them. Surgeons did what they could to save their lives by closing the gaps in heads and mouths, but the scars and traumas definitely changed the lives of the victims. The exhibition deals with treatments, support for the victims and their representation in art (Otto Dix). There are photographs from hospitals in Paris and Marseille. You will find background information in the Références section. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in French.
The digital collection Feldpost aus dem Ersten Weltkrieg [Letters from the front during the First World War] has been created by the Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation (MFK) as a part of their online letter collections (Briefsammlungen). This collection contains some 700 letters written by soldiers during the First World War, a selection from the holdings kept at the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin, a branch of the MFK. Letters were subject to censorship, but nevertheless they formed a vital connection between the fronts and the home front. You can search the collection by themes, geography and sets (Konvolute), filter by dates (Zeitraum) or enter search terms in the free text search field. The online collection gives you transcripts of the letters. They can be read in connection with the volume Schreiben im Krieg / Schreiben vom Krieg [Writing in wartime, writing about war]. The collection can only be viewed in German.
The blog Der Erste Weltkrieg in Selbstzeugnissen [The First World War in Eyewitness Accounts] is a project of the Sammlung Frauennachlässe of the Universität Wien (Vienna). The documents are presented at the blog Salon21 of this research platform for women’s history and documents of women with some 400 collections in its holdings. On the blog excerpts from diaries, postcards or complete letters written by women are presented in a day-to-day sequence following the years 1914 to 1918 exactly one hundred years later. Women corresponded with each other, or they wrote to soldiers at the front and vice versa. There are documents by mothers, sisters, school girls and friends.
The Sammlung Frauennachlässe is a member of the network European Diaries Archives and Collections. The institute has created a rich links collection on women history , relevant research institutes and documentary collections with diaries and letters.
La collection photographique “Marcel Chatenay” (1914-1918) [The photographic collection of Marcel Chatenay (1914-1918] has been created by the Archives de la Ville de Saumur. In 2013 and 2014 this municipal archive received two gifts with a total of 2843 stereographic photographs. Marcel Chatenay (1883-1955) had been a grocer before joining the French army in 1914 as an administration officer of the medical troops. On travel he encounters for examples both infantery and artillery units, cavalry and kitchen staff. Chatenay meets also colonial troops. In 1917 he served in the Vosges region. He took pictures in Picardy, Flanders, Verdun and in many other places. 457 stereoscopic images have been digitized, and you can view 52 images in 3 D. You can filter for specific persons, themes and locations.
The Archives de la Ville de Saumur present online two other French digitized photo albums and an American album of a special railway station and camp at Villebernier in 1918-1919.
The digital collection Eestlased Esimeses maailmasõjas [Estonians in the First World War] is a project of the Ravhusarhiiv, the Estonian national archives in Tallinn. This crowdsourcing project aims at getting more information about the around 100,000 Estonian soldiers who served as soldiers in the Russian army during the First World War. Some 10,000 of them never returned home. The section Allikad gives an introduction to archival resources, information about the armed forces and a bibliography. Many archival records are written in Russian. You can search for the names of persons or for locations. Täpsem otsing leads you to the advanced search mode. The button Leia sõdurid kaardilt leads to an interactive map for searching soldiers and locations. The section Kasulikke viiteid contains further web links. The section KKK/Tagasiside should lead to frequently asked questions, but there is only a contact form for asking questions. The project does cover also the Second World War.The website of this project can only be viewed in Estonian.
On the blog of the Ravhuusarhiiv you can read articles about Estonia and the First World War.
The website 14/18: Lyon dans la guerre has been created as part of the Archives en ligne [Online Archives] of the Archives municipales de Lyon. This website brings you to six digitized collections: deliberations of the city council, soldiers who were killed in action and earned the mention Mort pour la France, postcards, war diaries, posters and the experience of workers. The section with the diaries can also be reached separately as Les carnets de Barthélémy Mermet. The collections are accompanied by a general overview of Lyon during the First World War, and dossiers with information about numerous themes from archival records and items in the archive. The collections can only be viewed in French.
The digital exhibition World War I comes to The Newberry has been created by The Newberry Library, Chicago. This exhibition touches several themes around the First World War, with for example attention to postcards, the role of engineers at the Western Front, the home front and the war economy. A second section focuses on the end of the war, the role of American women in rebuilding France and the return of refugees. In a numbe of sections there is only a narrative with references to items put on show, but without images or digital versions of them.
The digital World War I British press photograph collection is a project of the University of British Columbia Library. In the 1930’s the British consulate in Seattle gave the University of British Columbia some 6,000 photographic prints. The originals are kept at the Imperial War Museums. During the First World War the Photographic Section of the Ministry of Information and other governmental agencies released photographs for use by the British press. In most cases the names of the photographers are not given. The digital collection contains nearly 3,700 photographs showing in particular the ordinary soldiers, but also for (foreign) commanders, aristocracy, weapons and training.
The filters for selecting particular items do not work as expected, but in the general advanced search mode of the digital collections of UBC Library you can preset the collection and add search fields at will. You can set the order of presentation, and choose for a list view, thumbnail or detailed view. A large number of photographs (1,233) was taken in France, but other countries are to be found as well.
The digital collection British Soldier’s Wills is a project of the UK government in which some 280,000 soldier’s wills between 1850 and 1996 have been digitized. These wills are part of a general database for probate search in the United Kingdom. The Original wills are kept by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS). In the simple search mode you can search for name and year of death. The advance search mode adds the possibilty to search also for first names, the day and month of death, and regimental number. You have to register to view the digitized wills, but you can search without registration. The interface of this database is in English.