Image collection

  • Boglárka Pap: Digital Access to the Portraits Collection

    Boglárka Pap: Digital Access to the Portraits Collection

    April 30, 2015

    My name is Boglárka Pap, and as part of my MA programme in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University, I started an internship at the Peace Palace Library in January 2015. Since then, I have been focused on the digitization and presentation of the Library’s special collections. In the course of 2014, the Peace Palace Library participated in a project – which was initiated by a collaboration of Dutch libraries – in order to digitize prints from 17th-19th-Century books from its collection, and to donate them to Wikimedia Commons. Concerning the main goal of digitization, namely easy accessibility, the aim of my project was to continue the work which started last year, by fitting the remaining images from Wikimedia Commons repository into Wikipedia articles, enhancing the existing metadata, and making approximately 500 engraved portraits from 83 books – published between 1603-1826 – available and searchable on the website of the Peace Palace Library.

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  • Special Collections

    Special Collections

    March 31, 2015

    The Library houses a few special collections, of which the Grotius collection and the Peace Movement collection are the most important. We present highlights of these collections: old and rare books, brochures, pamphlets, conference reports, newspaper clippings, letters and photographs. The Image collection holds unique posters, engravings, photographs, cartoons, portraits and maps refering to themes and subjects such as war, peace, pacifism and the Peace Palace. Recently, the Library has been scanning Scheldt River publications and providing free access to these digital versions. The total amount of scanned pages is about 35.000! A Portrait collection is scheduled later this year.

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  • The Great War in Posters: Communication Instrument and Work of Art

    The Great War in Posters: Communication Instrument and Work of Art

    November 27, 2014

    World War I Poster Exhibition: 14 November 2014 – 12 January 2015, Peace Palace, Main Hall. World War I meant an important new role for the poster: propaganda. The posters produced during the war were part of the largest military campaign ever. They were used raising money for the war, get young men to enlist, provoking enemy states but also to support the wounded soldiers. The main intention was to bring the public closer to the war.

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  • Joan of Arc Saved France

    Joan of Arc Saved France

    November 21, 2014

    This poster by Haskell Coffin (1878-1941), was commissioned by the United States Treasury Department as part of the campaign to raise money for the First World War by having civilians buy war savings stamps.

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  • Keep 'em going!

    Keep ‘em going!

    November 20, 2014

    American propaganda poster: German Emperor Wilhelm II being hunted by a US locomotive.


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  • Come on Boys!

    Come on Boys!

    November 19, 2014

    United States National Guard recruitment poster. Marching soldiers. Some soldiers are making an inviting gesture. From our WOI Image collection.

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  • Deutschlands Schicksal

    Deutschlands Schicksal

    November 13, 2014

    German propaganda poster that expresses Germany’s fear for British bombing of their industrial plants. Image: map of Germany’s main industrial area. Around the map bombers and destroyed industrial plants are depicted.

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  • "I summon you to Comradeship in the Red Cross"

    “I summon you to Comradeship in the Red Cross”

    November 11, 2014

    Recruitment poster for the American Red Cross. Red Cross nurse holding an American flag. On the background the Congress building is depicted. With a quote of Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States: “I summon you to Comradeship in the Red Cross.”

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  • Poster: Defeat the Kaiser and his U-boats

    Defeat the Kaiser and his U-boats

    November 7, 2014

    Black and orange colored World War I poster depicting Kaiser Wilhelm II with a German helmet watching an U-boat and a sinking ship with smoke rising from it.

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  • Library donates High Resolution Photographs to Wikimedia Commons

    Library donates High Resolution Photographs to Wikimedia Commons

    May 20, 2014

    The Peace Palace Library has made high resolution photographs of about 1700 prints from 17th and 18th-Century books from its collection and donates these photographs to the image database Wikimedia Commons. A Wikipedian in Special Residence assists the library in doing so. This project is currently in full swing.

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