Press Release · Friday, October 17, 1997
October 17, 1997
National Archives Digitized Images Available on Internet
College Park, MD. . . Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin announced today that the first group of digitized images of some of the National Archives and Records Administrations (NARAs) most significant documents are now available to the public through the Internet. As part of NARAs Electronic Access Project, these 5,300 documents are the first of approximately 120,000 items that will be digitized and available electronically over the next year. In making the announcement, the Archivist said, "The Electronic Access Project 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 is funded by the U.S. Congress with the support of Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska who said, "This is an exciting technological advancement that will bring the valuable resources of the National Archives into homes and schools across the nation."
The digitized materials including photographs, drawings, maps, charts and textual documents, can be accessed on the World Wide Web through the NARA ARCHIVAL INFORMATION LOCATOR (NAIL). Additional documents will be added to NAIL monthly through April 1999.
Highlights of the newly digitized materials include: