Press Release · Friday, May 2, 1997
May 2, 1997
National Archives and Records Administration Launches Electronic Access Project
College Park, MDThe 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: