Digitised primary sources on the First World War
The portal contains around 12,500 digitised documents from a total of 24 international archives and libraries. Among the digitised material are self-testimonies (e.g. diaries, letters, postcards, experience reports, bequests and interviews with contemporary witnesses) as well as personal photos, propaganda materials (e.g. field newspapers, posters and flyers), classified documents (e.g. government and military files, rare printed matter) or art from the war period. Around 1,000 items are directly related to the theatres of war in Eastern Europe or to the warfare in those regions.
Access to this licensed service was jointly acquired by the Specialised Information Service (FID) for Historical studies and the FID for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek with the support of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Members of the 128 university and non-university historical research institutions based in Germany are entitled to use the library. Researchers in the field of history who do not belong to any of the above institutions may also be admitted by stating their research project. For this purpose, they assign themselves to the institution Bayerische Staatsbibliothek when they register for the first time and will then receive further instructions and information by e-mail.
Read our blog post about the source collection!
Do you have questions regarding access to or use of the licensed database? Please contact the Eastern Europe Department of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.