31 October 2012

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a freely available online repository of over 4,000 text, image, audio, and video items for studying the First World War and the literature it inspired.

The nucleus of the archive consists of important primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas.

This is supplemented by a wide range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museum; over 6,500 items contributed by the general public, and specially developed educational resources. 

NB: The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is included in our JISC MediaHub subscription (see previous blog entry).

This means that - with one search - material from the Poetry Archive can be retrieved at the same time as war images from Wellcome Images, newsreels from Gaumont British news, Imperial War Museum images, and a wide range of other image, video and audio material.

NB: The First World War Poetry Digital Archive complements the Russell Cawthorne Collection - the Library's significant collection of material on World War I and related conflicts, deposited by John Cawthorn on behalf of the 1926 Foundation.  (Russell Cawthorne Collection website).

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