All material produced by this project and its contributors has been released under a Creative Commons license, which allows you to reuse, remix and republish for non-financial gain and with attribution to the original creator. We have also built a resource library that contains links to other selected materials published under the same (or less restrictive) licenses. However this is just a selection to highlight what we believe to be high quality appropriate content that fits the themes of this project. Below we have listed the main collections we have drawn material from to enable you to do your own searches:
Libraries and Archives
This archive is building possibly the largest online archive of memorabilia and stories relating to the First World War from across Europe. All items are contributed by the General public through an online submissions website and also a series of national collections days in participating countries. Excellent resource for images and research. Items have no use age restrictions other than attribution. Visit the collection: http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/.
The Library of Congress, World War I Posters Collection
1,900 posters created between 1914 and 1920. Most relate directly to the war, but some German posters date from the post-war period and illustrate events such as the rise of Bolshevism and Communism, the 1919 General Assembly election and various plebiscites. The majority of posters were printed in the United States. Posters from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia are included as well. Posters in this collection were published before 1923 and by Government agencies, and are therefore in the public domain. Visit the collection: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wwipos/.
The National Library of Scotland, First World War Official Photographs
Black-and-white photographs mainly of the Western Front during the First World War. Official British war photographers took many of them for propaganda purposes. The images and texts here can be used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Sharealike, unless otherwise stated. Visit the collection: http://digital.nls.uk/74462370.
Wellcome Images, The Wellcome Collection
This collection contains some First World War items under a medical and healthcare theme. All are available under Creative Commons Attribution Licences. The Wellcome Collection also contains some valuable film footage from the First World War. Visit the collection: http://images.wellcome.ac.uk/.
The History Faculty
The History Faculty provides free, short films of university lecturers speaking on topics directly from the A-level curriculum. All our topics are provided by the major exam boards: AQA, Edexcel and OCR. However these lectures also provide excellent overviews and refreshers for high level courses. Visit the site: http://www.thehistoryfaculty.org/.
LearningSpace, The Open University
These free online courses from The Open University contain some materials relating to World War I (but not entire courses as of yet). At this time a search of the usual terms does not yield any results, it is best just to browse the History section. All materials are available under Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial Sharealike. Visit the site: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/.
Open Yale, University of Yale
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Entire lecture series related to the First World War are available as are extracts from other lectures that contain sections related to the event. All materials are available under Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial Sharealike. Visit the site: http://oyc.yale.edu/.
MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. There are no entire courses at this time on World War I, but discussion of the War exists in other courses. The best way to search is to go to the Advanced search and search for the exact phrase “World War I” / “First World War”. All materials are available inder Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial Sharealike. Visit the site: http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm.
The Saylor Foundation
Saylor.org is a free and open collection of college level courses. There are no registrations or fees required to take the courses, and you will earn a certificate upon completion of each course. At this time there are no full courses on World War I but you will find relevant ‘units’ in other courses across a range of disciplines. The courses largely link together materials to form learning paths, materials that are linked to are not necessarily under an open license. The course structures are available under Creative Commons By. Visit the site: http://www.saylor.org.
OER Repositories and Search Engines
A number of search engines exist to find Open Educational Resources. This handy guide from JISC’s OER Infokit provides a list:
Alternatively, to find Creative Commons Material you can use the CC Search Engine: http://search.creativecommons.org/
Non Creative Commons
All material that we produce and include in our Resource Library is available under Creative Commons (Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike) or is in the Public Domain. This is to make it as easy as possible for our site visitors to know they can reuse and adapt the material . However this doesn’t mean that you can not use resources from elsewhere. It is quite common to find sites that state you can use materials for ‘educational purposes only’ or providing you do not alter the original. Here are a selection of those.
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive, University of Oxford
An online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. The heart of the archive consists of collections of highly valued primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas. This is supplemented by a comprehensive range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museum, a separate archive of over 6,500 items contributed by the general public, and a set of specially developed educational resources.
All items can be used for non-commercial, educational purposes.
The Great War Archive, University of Oxford
Also available via the First World War Poetry Digital Archive a separate collection of over 6,500 items contributed by the general public in 2008. All items can be used for non-commercial, educational purposes.
The Imperial War Museum
An extensive archive of nearly 90,000 images, film and audio recordings made available by the Imperial War Museum under the IWM Non-Commercial Licence. This license allows you to reuse the items, with attribution, for non-financial gain. However you must not alter or adapt the original work (read the terms of the license here: http://www.iwm.org.uk/corporate/privacy-copyright/licence). Visit the collection http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/search.
A Guide to UK World War One Collections
As part of the JISC World War One Discovery Programme to mark the centenary in 2014 of the outbreak of the War, King’s College London has created an accessible online database which captures information on UK university, archive, library and museum holdings relating to the conflict. Collections may be in both analogue and digital form, however the project has mainly focused on those collections which have already been digitised. Of the collections digitised and available online, a listing and assessment of the most commonly used popular and expert websites that support teaching, learning and research has also been included. Visit the database: http://www.jiscww1discovery.net/collections