Collection a1134a - Diaries and letters from the First World War period

Identity area

Reference code

IT a1134a

Title

Diaries and letters from the First World War period

Date(s)

  • 1914 - 1918 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

976 digital images of 34 diaries, letters and correspondence, documents.

Context area

Name of creator

Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico

Biographical history

The Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information took on the current denomination in 1975 following the constitution of The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, formerly the Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Heritage. The National Centre for the Union Catalogue was created in 1951 with the task of cataloguing the entire national bibliographic heritage.
This objective is pursued due to a considerable collaboration strategy among Italian libraries even coming under varied administrations. This ensures the development of services on the same level throughout the entire nation. Resulting from this collaboration is the establishment of the National Library Service. This national on-line service network, to which the state, local institutions, and university libraries is connected, contribute to the founding of the national collective on-line catalogue which is managed by the Institute.
The Institute, whose reference point is the General Direction for Library Heritage, Cultural Institutes and Copyright, carries out coordination functions with due respect to library autonomy in the field of National Library Service as well as cataloguing projects accomplished through the use of new information technology. ICCU acts as coordinator of the National Library Service (SBN) and of the digitalization projects produced by using metadata standards and related to the project Italian Digital Library (BDI).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This Collection collects 976 images of 34 diaries and documents from the WW1 period preserved at the Italian libraries. It includes several war diaries by army lieutenants, because many combatants recorded the daily events of their experiences in the form of a diary. Worth mentioning are the diaries about the agony days of the Austrian occupation (1917-1918) and those written by Italian prisoners. Also featured within this Collection are personal narratives written by people who relate a given aspect of the war such as the testimony of such participants as nurses and chaplains. Finally, the Collection includes also some letters and correspondences.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Freely available online

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • Italian

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

14-18 Documenti e immagini della Grande Guerra
http://www.14-18.it/diari?paginate_pageNum=2

Europeana Collections 1914-1918
http://www.europeana-collections-1914-1918.eu/

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

The Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries (ICCU) coordinates the Italian WW1 collections owned by Biblioteca Universitaria Alessandrina, Biblioteca di Storia Moderna a Contemporanea, and Istituto per la Storia del Risorgimento Italiano through the official website 14-18: Documenti e immagini della Grande Guerra.

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

This Collection is part of the broader collection "Manuscripts from the WW1 period preserved by the Italian libraries"

Related descriptions

Notes area

Note

The materials have been digitized within the context of the Europeana Collections 1914-1918
http://www.europeana-collections-1914-1918.eu/

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Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

2013/11/14

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

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Accession area