World War I Portal at National Archives

Gun crew from Regimental Headquarters Company, 23rd Infantry, firing 37 mm gun during an advance on German entrenched positions. View in Catalog.

The National Archives has just opened the World War I online exhibit and invites you to “browse the wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in this conflict, including photographs, documents, audiovisual recordings, educational resources, articles, blog posts, lectures, and events”.

Included in this exhibit is more than 110,000 photographs and almost 300 reels of film related to the war thanks to an anonymous donor whose donation made this digitizing project possible. These photographs take you from the home front to the battlefield.

Visit the World War I Portal to view these amazing photos and many other records, articles and educational programs.

World War I: Online

The Library of Congress has opened an online portal to their World War I collection.

Today we launched a comprehensive portal to its extensive holdings on the subject of World War I (1914–1918) as part of our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. involvement in the war. The portal is a one-stop destination page for digitized versions of many of these assets.

These remarkable collections include recruitment and wartime information posters, photos from the front, manuscripts and papers of prominent figures such as General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, newspapers that provided the first draft of the war’s history, maps of campaigns and battle lines, sound recordings of prominent leaders of the era, war-related sheet music, even early film treasures.

Along with extensive access to these rare materials, the portal will include links to the online version of the Library’s major new exhibition, “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I,” which opens April 4.

In addition, the portal will feature articles from our blogs, written by Library curators who will offer unique insight into the collections and highlight stories and materials that are most revealing about the war, and America’s involvement in it—before, during and after its military participation.

Learn more at the LOC WWI portal site.

British Army Service Records – Findmypast

Over 1.4 million records released in association with The National Archives have been added to our collection of British Army Service records to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The collection now includes the records of Officers who served during World War 1 and men who served with the famous household cavalry between 1801 and 1919.

Source: British Army Service Records – Findmypast – Genealogy, Ancestry, History blog from Findmypast

British Royal Air Force, Gallantry Awards 1914-1919 – Findmypast

Royal Air Force, Gallantry Awards 1914-1919 contains over 274,000 records of RAF servicemen who were awarded gallantry medals during World War 1. Awards for gallantry were given to those who displayed acts of exceptional bravery and were often announced in the London Gazette, the official newspaper of the British government.

Source: British Royal Air Force, Gallantry Awards 1914-1919 – Findmypast – Genealogy, Ancestry, History blog from Findmypast