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First World War Collections

Find out more about First World War History Collections in the IHR Wohl Library. The collection is strong on national and international official sources, personal accounts and memory and commemoration.

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Introduction

The IHR's collection of primary source material and guides to sources covers all aspects of the First World War. The collections are arranged geographically, so there are sections on the war within relevant country collections, and in the thematic Military and International Relations collections. One of the strengths of the collection are the wide-ranging personal accounts, see below for some examples of the sources and themes that can be found within them. There are also strong holdings of national and international official sources.

A good starting point for research is the range of reference works, guides to sources and works on historiography.

Highlights from the collections

A range of sources including lists of teachers and former pupils who served or were killed in the war, descriptive accounts within school diaries, journals and histories, and information about the creation of war memorials.

For further information see the blog post on this subject: 

‘Business as usual’: School life in Britain during the Great War

Some examples include:

Naturally there is much about the War throughout the parliamentary sources, including the journals and debates, petitions, reports of committees and commissions and Acts of Parliament. 

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Themes in the sources

Examples include:

This theme comes up across the parliamentary sources, personal narratives, newspapers and school records

This theme comes up across the parliamentary sources, personal narratives, newspapers and school records