May 2, 1997
National Archives and Records Administration Launches Electronic Access Project
College Park, MD—The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is making it easier than ever for people to find and use documents from its collections. The Electronic Access Project, funded through the support of Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, will enable anyone, anywhere, with a computer connected to the Internet to search descriptions of NARA's nationwide holdings and view digital copies of its most popular documents.
The project, still in the developmental phase, will eventually result in a virtual card catalog of all NARA holdings nationwide, including those in the Presidential libraries and regional archives. In addition, copies of more than 100,000 of NARA's most popular and significant manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, maps, drawings and other documents will be digitized and available for researchers to view online. Users will be able to search the descriptions in the system by title, subject, date, or other keywords.
Among the select items to be digitized this summer from NARA's collections are:
NARA recently selected DoxSys, Inc., of Bethesda, Maryland, as the contractor for digitizing the select images. The work will be done over the next two years by Micrographic Specialties, Inc., of Beltsville, Maryland, a subcontractor to DoxSys.
Universal Hi-Tech Development, Inc., of Rockville Maryland, was selected as the contractor for the catalog. The subcontractors will be Progressive Technology Federal Systems, Inc., of Bethesda and the Virginia Tech Library System, Inc., of Blacksburg, Virginia.
A prototype of the catalog can be accessed through NARA's home page on the Internet at http://www.archives.gov/research_room/arc/. Other research aids and general information about NARA can be accessed through the main home page at http://www.archives.gov/.
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the National Archives Home Page on the World Wide Web at http://www.archives.gov/.