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World War 1

Background Resources


Life On The Eve Of The War 
Newspaper stories of 1914 on fashion, cars & planes, food, Art & Culture, and Women’s Rights

The 100th Anniversary Of The Great War
Highlights five articles on the involvement of the United Sates in World War I and links to six lessons.

World War One 
Themes, articles, collection items, teaching resources, including 40 lesson plans for middle school and high school.

A Guide To World War I Materials 
This collection includes photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music, and sound recordings.

First World War 
A collection of letters, diaries, maps, and photographs.

Education Sessions And Resources - The National Archives 
Battle plans, maps, and unit war diaries.

Great War 1914-1918 
Information, worksheets, teacher’s notes, glossary, and maps.

Election 2016: Talking to Students
Six galleries cover the British people from 1906-18. A seventh gallery is review.

The Forgotten Army Of The First World War: How Chinese Labourers Helped Shape Europe 
A six-part multimedia series tells the stories of laborers from China in Europe’s trenches with photos, eyewitness accounts, maps and news articles.

Propaganda 1914-1918
Students consider how and why the British government invested time, money, and effort in propaganda and consider how effective the efforts were.

The World War I Document Archive 
Primary documents from World War One.

World War One 
Includes guides on communication, medicine, finance, and more. News features and picture galleries.

WW1 - The Definitive Collection 
A collection of WW1 films from British Pathé. Browse by topic.

EFG1914 Project (European Film Gateway)
Film from 23 European archives. Browse by topic.

World War I British Press Photograph Collection
Images of World War I used by diplomats overseas during the war.


World War I Sheet Music 
Popular music collected from 1914 through 1920. Links to World War I posters.

War Composers - the music of World War I 
A site dedicated to classical composers who fought during World War I.

The Art Of War 
Illustration, propaganda, and celebration.

War Art 
Art by men and women, posters, and propaganda.

Sketches To Finished Art 
Use the slider to view preparatory sketches and final paintings of First World War Art.

Art Of The First World War 
100 paintings collected from international galleries. Includes a guided tour, list of painters, and essay, Art of World War I.

Gallery: Poster Art Of World War I

First World War Poetry Digital Archive 
Text, images, audio, and video. Includes online seminars on poets and aspects of literature, such as Analyzing A Poem Using A Computer.

The Poetry Of World War I 
Poems by year, audio, and articles.

Sassoon Journals 
The notebooks of soldier-poet Siegfried Sassoon