Guest post by Brendan Berthold
This Summer will commemorate the centennial of the first World War. From July 1914 to November 11, 1918, the war saw over 65 million people in service uniforms from over 30 countries and claimed nearly 10 million lives. In an effort to preserve the artifacts and memories of the Great War, conservation projects across Europe have consolidated their collections, bringing together 90,000 previously unpublished letters, diaries, photographs, and relics into a single database: Europeana 1914-1918. These digital collections also include over 600 hours of cinema, documentaries, propaganda, and other films — an estimated 20% of surviving film from the era. Europeana 1914-1918 is part of the larger Europeana resource, a platform for sharing items from Europe’s leading galleries, museums, libraries, and archives. These resources are publicly accessible via the links above or through Penn State Libraries’ Databases A-Z list.