First World War Portal

Rich in primary source content from world-class libraries and archives, this collection is an invaluable source for anyone studying and researching the ‘Great War’.

From personal collections and rare printed material, to military files, ephemera and artwork, The First World War highlights the experiences of soldiers, civilians and governments on both sides of the conflict and in multiple theatres of war.

Covering an array of international perspectives, the resource showcases intimate personal narratives, wartime propaganda and recruitment material, the truly global reach of the conflict, and the role of women in war through various documentary and visual forms.

Key Data

Modules

  • Module I: Personal Experiences
  • Module II: Propaganda and Recruitment
  • Module III: Visual Perspectives and Narratives
  • Module IV: A Global Conflict [New for 2018]

Period Covered

  • 1914-1920s

Source Archives

  • Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
  • Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart
  • Bristol Central Library
  • Bristol Archives
  • Brotherton Library, University of Leeds
  • Cambridge University Library
  • City of Westminster Archives
  • Coventry History Centre
  • Essex Record Office
  • Glenbow Museum
  • Hooge Crater Museum
  • Hoover Institution Library and Archives
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Landesarchiv of Baden-Württemburg (Hauptstaatsarchiv), Stuttgart
  • Mills Memorial Library, McMaster University
  • Mirrorpix
  • National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City
  • Northamptonshire Record Office
  • Over the Top Collection
  • Robert Opie Collection
  • Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62)
  • Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
  • The British Library
  • The National Archives, UK

Material Types

  • Artwork
  • Cartoons and comics
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries and journals
  • Ephemera
  • Extracts from local newspapers
  • Field reports and official papers
  • Film clips
  • Leaflets
  • Manuscripts
  • Military instructions
  • Minute books
  • Museum objects
  • Newsletters
  • Oral histories
  • Pamphlets
  • Personal narratives and reminiscences
  • Photographs, both official and personal
  • Postcards
  • Proclamations
  • Propaganda and recruiting posters
  • Rare printed material
  • Scrapbooks and albums
  • Sheet music
  • Trench literature and prison camp periodicals
  • Trench maps
  • Tribunal case files
  • War art

Editorial Board

  • Holger Afflerbach, University of Leeds
  • Maggie Andrews, University of Worcester
  • Stephen Badsey, University of Wolverhampton
  • Brad Beaven, University of Portsmouth
  • Joan Beaumont, Australia National University
  • Annette Becker, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
  • Mark Bostridge, Independent Scholar
  • Clive Burlton, Independent Scholar
  • Bruno Cabanes, Yale University
  • Jane Carmichael, National Museums of Scotland
  • Santanu Das, King’s College, London
  • Alison Fell, University of Leeds
  • Susan R. Grayzel, University of Mississippi
  • Toby Haggith, Imperial War Museums
  • Holger Herwig, University of Calgary
  • Anthony Heywood, University of Aberdeen
  • Gerhard Hirschfeld, University of Stuttgart
  • John Horne, Trinity College Dublin
  • Kate Hunter, Victoria University of Wellington
  • André Lambelet, Quest University, Canada
  • Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Sue Malvern, University of Reading
  • Siân Nicholas, University of Aberystwyth
  • Philippe Oosterlinck, Hooge Crater Museum
  • Robert Opie, Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
  • Robin Prior, University of Adelaide
  • Sophie De Schaepdrijver, Penn State University
  • Adam Seipp, Texas A&M University
  • Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton
  • Heather Streets-Salter, Northeastern University
  • Jonathan Vance, University of Western Ontario
  • David Welch, University of Kent
  • Jay Winter, Yale University
  • David R Woodward, Marshall University West Virginia

Subjects

  • Daily life and routines in the army and auxiliary services
  • Trench warfare and conditions in the trenches
  • Food, rationing and supplies
  • Recruitment and conscription
  • Role of dominion and colonial troops
  • Chinese and South African labourers
  • Hospitals and medical services
  • Refugees
  • Propaganda and censorship
  • Entertainment
  • Role of women
  • The Home Front
  • Prisoners of war
  • Morale and dissension
  • Relief work and charitable organisations
  • Peace negotiations
  • Demobilisation
  • Post-war regeneration

Key Features

  • Eye-catching and innovative interactive maps, included animated maps of different theatres of war and key battles
  • Digitised artefacts such as medical items, weaponry, uniforms and personal items viewable in a 360° format
  • Virtual walk-through and 360° panoramas of the Sanctuary Wood Trench System in Ypres Salient
  • Oral histories with accompanying transcriptions
  • Extensive visual galleries and artwork feature
  • Thought-provoking ‘Memory Wall’ of personal narratives
  • Great War Glossary
  • Contextual essays, written by academics and collection specialists
  • Illustrated chronology
  • Case studies
  • Directories of key search terms in several European languages, including French, German and Italian