Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

The carefully selected content in The First World War is the result of close collaboration with collection staff at participating libraries, archives and museums and specialist academic editorial board members. Feedback from focused conferences also played a large part in ensuring material is relevant and appropriate for students and scholars.

The resource showcases intimate personal narratives, wartime propaganda and recruitment material, the truly global reach of the conflict, and the role of women in war while covering an array of international perspectives.

These histories are presented through correspondence, diaries and journals, government files and printed books, ephemera, photographs, artworks and objects, in four thematic modules, Personal Experience, Propaganda and Recruitment, Visual and Perspectives and Narratives, and Global Conflict.

For more information on the collection, please see our Nature and Scope, Participating Libraries and Editorial Board pages.


A note on exclusionsFrom the Private Papers of H T Williams © Imperial War Museums

The First World War is a significant resource covering the Great War and its impact internationally on civilians, governments and militaries. Although crucial topics are well-represented, the scale of the period and complexity of the discipline prevents the inclusion of every collection or piece of material that might be relevant.

A lengthy process of discussion between many different archives, libraries and museums across the globe has resulted in the twenty-four partner institutions that contribute to the resource. Where exclusions exist, this is primarily due to:

Collections falling outside the defined remit of this resource

Existing open-access content

Copyright and permission considerations

Reasons of privacy and data protection