In October 2013 the curator of the project with a support of the National History Museum of Belarus started searching and studying photographs and photo albums connected with the history of the First World War on the Belarusian territory. The research was undertaken while preparing the photographic exhibition Belarus During First World War.
First of all the funds of the National History Museum were studied and partly scanned. The collection of the museum contains about 10 unique photo albums made by the militaries of the Russian (Nicolai Gagen, unknown Surgeon) and German armies. The major fund conservator of Lida Art History Museum Natalia Hotinovich provided for digitalization the rich museum collection consisting of 13 passports of the Ober Ost period.
In November we scanned the photographs from Vladimir Bogdanov (photographer and ethnographer) collection containing photo albums, regimental books, photo prints and post-cards made by German militaries that passed the service on occupied territories of the Russian Empire (now Belarus).
On December,10 the Archive team arrived at the Slonim Museum of Local Lore to work on the rare photo album made by colonel Stabrovsky and named Trail of Blood, it counts about 300 photographs. At the Grodno Historical Archeological Museum we studied and scanned the photographs from the album of Roman Solovei who served in the 85th Vyborg Regiment. The last point of the first expedition round became the Kobryn Museum of A. Suvorov where the photographs of refugees made in Orsha in 1918 are kept.