Several years ago we got it with tons of American Civil War stuff because of the 150th anniversary thing. We’re about to get hit again with the 100th anniversary of World War One.
Get a head start by heading over to three new sites created by the University of Oxford:
Europeana 1914-1918 is an initiative that is building a unique European collection of family histories and primary source documents to tell the story of a generation who experienced the First World War in the theaters of war and at home. To date the initiative has revealed over 5,000 stories and 60,000 documents previously hidden from researchers and the wider public. Visitors to the site can search for items relating to particular themes, regiments, places and military engagements. Its multinational approach means its is possible to discover items that tell the story of experience across nationalities.
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. The heart of the archive consists of collections of highly valued primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassooon, Robert Graves, and Edward Thomas. Material includes poetry manuscripts, war diaries, service records, and correspondence. Items related to the poets is supplemented by a comprehensive range of multimedia artifacts from the Imperial War Museum, a separate archive of over 6,500 items contributed by the general public, with specific community collections from six UK regions. There is also a set of specially developed educational resources.
World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings
This educational website provides a substantial collection of learning resources. A rich variety of materials, including expert articles, audio and video lectures, downloadable images, interactive maps and e-books are available under a set of cross-disciplinary themes that seek to reappraise the War in its cultural, social, geographical, and historical contexts. Many of
these resources have been specially created by the University of Oxford and partner academics for
this website. The website also highlights other collections across the world that offer materials.