The digital collection Three Pilots – One War is the fruit of a partnership between the Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr (Berlin-Gatow), the Royal Air Force Museum (London) and the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget. You can follow the First World War through the letters of three pilots, the Frenchman Jean Chaput, the Englishman Bernard Rice – who had served earlier as a messenger – and the German Peter Falkenstein. The letters are published here in day-to-day order exactly 100 years after they were written. Historical comments accompany each letter. The three museums will organize exhibitions between 2014 and 2019 to highlight aspects of the aircraft warfare during the First World War. You can view this collection in English, French and German.
The World War I Centennial portal has been created by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the entrance on April 6, 1917 of the United States into the First World War. The portal has many features, ranging from timelines, genealogical records, collections about a number of themes such as technology, training, medicine, battlefields, the homefront and remembrance, to an app (Remembering WW1), crowdsourcing for transcribing records and educational resources. The portal offers also links to digital collections elsewhere. You can view this portal only in English.
The digital Hermann Moyse Sr. World War I Collection has been created by the Louisiana State University Libraries. The collection is also part of the Lousiana Digital Library. The digital collection contains 120 letters written by Hermann Moyse Sr. (1891-1985) to his parents and to Rosalie Gottlieb, his future wife, and letters to and from fellow soldiers and friends. Moyse served as a volunteer. He served as an officer in the Alsace region. He was wounded during the Aisne-Marne offensive in July 1918.
The letters – divided in twenty folders – cover the period of his service starting with his training in camps in Arkansas and Texas. The majority of the letters were written in France. You can browse all items and narrow the results using fields for several aspects, use the simple free text search or switch to the advanced search mode.
The digital collection Scotland’s First World War Sites is part of the subdomain Canmore of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). At Canmore this selection points to nearly 1,200 locations in Scotland with for each a varying quantity of images. The results are accessible in two sets; each of them can be visualized in a map. The results bring you also to items in the RCAHMS catalogues such as prints, drawings and manuscripts. You can also search in the Canmore database for specific subjects such as training trenches, airfields and hospitals. There is an advanced search mode and three thesauri for systematic research into monuments, objects and maritime items.
With the First World War Audit the RCAHMS has created a digital gallery with a preview of scores of images, both photographs and maps. The RCAHMS provides also an overview of its First World war resources.
The virtual presentation ECPAD: Première guerre mondiale is part of the ECPAD portal, the website of the Établissement de Communication et de Production Audiovisuelle de la Défense in Ivry-sur-Seine, the communication branch of the French defense ministry. At its portal ECPAD presents a selection of videos and photographs from its vast collection of First World War items, some 110,000 photographs (97,000 of them in the series SPA) and 2,000 films (series 14.18) which all have been digitized for the centenary of the Grande Guerre. One can consult the digitized items at the mediathèque in the old fortress Fort d’Ivry or order digitized images. ECPAD offers a very brief overview of its original audivisual collection created between 1915 and 1915, a general overview of materials from private collections concerning the Grande Guerre (PDF), and also succinct overviews of their First World War materials for a number of countries in Europe, Africa and Asia, and a set of fiches for each French département.
The online selection touches upon many themes in a wide variety of resources, among them for example coloured photographs (autochromes, 25 images in the selection, mainly to be found in the AUL series) and some 20,000 stereoscopic images (photographies stéréoscopiques, series D2 and D198), images of Russian soldiers in France, of prisoners of war, of the first American soldiers arriving in 1918, exercising army units, and much more. Only seven stereoscopic images are available online (animated versions).
There are only a few digital collections with French autochromes from the First World War. The main other collection is at the Mediathèque de l ‘Architecture et du Patrimoine, discussed also here. Parts of both collections appear also elsewhere. A third major collection is held at the Musée départemental Albert Kahn in Boulogne-Billancourt. The virtual exhibition of this museum is described here. At Arago-Le Portail de la Photographie you find more about several early techniques for colour photographs.
The digital collection The Walter Koessler Project is a blog created by Dean Putney presenting a selection from the thousand photographs taken privately during the First World War by his great-grandfather Walter Koessler, a German officer. His photographs show many sides of the German army, including training and aircraft. Koessler himself made aerial photographs, too. Among the photographs yet to be digitized are hundred stereoscopic images. After the First World War Koessler became an architect in Los Angeles. Thanks to crowdfunding his great-grandson could publish the large format book Walter Koessler 1914-1918: The personal photo journal of a German officer in World War I with some of the aerial photographs.
The digital collection World War I: 10th and 20th Forestry Engineers has been created by The Forest History Society. This collection with some 100 photographs documents the training and build-up of what eventually became the largest regiment of the US Army, and contains also images of their activity in France. The regiment helped supplying timber in large quantities to the American Expeditionary Forces.
The accompanying web page with information about the forestry engineers contains links to numerous digitized articles about their role during the First World War, in particular a memoir about his service by George S. Kephart who took 85 photographs on display in this collection.