Library Joins International World War I Digitization Project

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The University Library has signed a contract with publisher Adam Matthew Digital to digitize most of its collections pertaining to World War I.  This is part of an international, multi-year project, entitled World War I: A Portal, and will result in digital access to over a half a million pages of original WWI documentation.

The first portal module, Personal Experiences of War, is currently under construction and will feature digitized content from six leading archives around the world, including McMaster.  Drawing from McMaster University Library's more than 100 unique archives on WWI, including materials such as diaries, letters, photographs, posters and field notes as well as over 24,000 images, the digital archive will be fully searchable from a single search interface.  This first module is set to be released in July 2011.

In 2008, the University Library completed their own digitization project, Peace and War in the 20th Century.  This new partnership with Adam Matthew will allow the Library to increase the number of its WWI archival documents available online nearly 25 times over!

In addition to McMaster University Library, participants include:

Cambridge University Library
Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte, Stuttgart
National WWI Museum at LIberty Memorial, Kansas City
National Library of New Zealand
Brotherton Library, University of Leeds

Future portal modules are also under development and will cover different thematic areas related to WWI such as Propaganda, Morale and Recruitment and Global Conflict.

Adam Matthew Digital is a UK based publisher who works with archives and libraries around the world on digitization projects to make rare archival materials available to scholars and students.