Library of Congress: Veterans History Project Launches Final Installment of WWI Web Series . “The Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched ‘A World Overturned,’ the final chapter in a three-part, online website series titled ‘Experiencing War,’ dedicated to U.S. veterans of the First World War. ‘A World Overturned’ highlights eight digitized veterans’ stories about how World War I forever changed their lives, shared through original photographs, letters, diaries, memoirs and other materials. This series has been presented as a companion site to the Library of Congress exhibit ‘Echoes of the Great War.'”
Mental Floss: The Library of Congress Wants Your Help Identifying World War I-Era Political Cartoons. “The Library of Congress just debuted its new digital innovation lab, an initiative that aims to improve upon its massive archives and use them in creative ways. Its first project is Beyond Words, a digitization effort designed to make the research library’s historical newspaper collection more search-friendly. It aims to classify and tag historical images from World War I-era newspapers, identifying political cartoons, comics, illustrations, and photos within old news archives. The images come from newspapers included in Chronicling America, the library’s existing newspaper digitization project.”
State Archives of North Carolina: New Veterans Oral History Collection Online. “The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina is excited to announce the launch of the digital Veterans Oral History Collection through the North Carolina Digital Collections. The interviews, conducted since 2015 as audio interviews, are part of the Military Collection’s North Carolina Veterans Oral History Program, whose goal is to capture and provide access to the memories and experiences of the military servicemen and servicewomen from North Carolina, preserving them for the future scholarship.”
Scoop News: Auckland War Memorial Museum Puts WWII Records Online. “Nearly eight decades ago this week – on 12 September 1939 – enlistment for the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF) got underway, signalling the start of this country’s involvement in the Second World War. Of the 140,000 New Zealanders dispatched to serve overseas in WWII, 104,000 of them served with the 2NZEF. Auckland Museum is now making these WWII Army personnel records publicly accessible through Online Cenotaph.”
Balkan Insight: Tito’s Name Still Adorns Streets Across Ex-Yugoslavia. “A new Google map…developed by Italian researcher Giorgio Comai shows that there are still 276 squares, streets and waterfronts named after former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito. The map, created using data from Google from August 2017, shows that more than half of them are located in Serbia – 176 squares, streets and waterfronts named after Tito.”
Digital NC: Amazing panoramic WWI images from Randolph County Public Library now available!. “Panoramic photos of Company K and the 120th Infantry, provided by Randolph County Public Library, are now online at DigitalNC. These photos, taken from 1914-1919, show Company K, which was comprised of men from Asheboro, and the larger North Carolina Brigade in a variety of locations.” This is a tiny collection – six images! – but I’m including it here because I can’t recall ever seeing panoramic images that old.
Irish Examiner: Deserters, acts of heroism, and IRA murders unearthed. “Details of deserters, acts of heroism and men killed in the Irish revolution are dotted throughout the new online database of men who served at Ballincollig military barracks in Co Cork. It was home to a number of different regiments from the early 19th century through to the earliest months of Irish independence almost a century ago.”