Press Release
Press Release · Tuesday, November 18, 1997

Press Release
November 18, 1997
Additional Images Added to National Archives Web Site

Washington, DC. . . The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has launched on the Internet the second installment of digitized images of some of its most significant documents. As part of NARA’s Electronic Access Project, this second monthly release totals 5,570 items from the Cartographic and Architectural Branch and the Still Pictures Branch, located at the National Archives at College Park; the Center for Legislative Archives, located at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC; the Mid Atlantic Region; the Great Lakes Region; and the Pacific Alaska Region. Currently, there are more than 260,000 descriptions and 13,500 digitized documents in NAIL (NARA ARCHIVAL INFORMATION LOCATOR). By the end of 1998, approximately 120,000 items will be digitized and available electronically. 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 many important documents. The project is funded by the U.S. Congress with the support of Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska.

Highlights of the recently added materials include:

  • 3,000 additional photographs taken by Mathew Brady of Civil War-era personalities and scenes;
  • 2000 additional photographs documenting American environmental issues of the 1970's;
  • Images of 290 World War I posters;
  • Documents from the Confiscation Case File of Robert E. Lee, inventorying General Lee’s personal property at Arlington House;
  • Photographic Evaluation Reports from the CIA, 1963-72;
  • 130 documents from a 1922 Indian survey;
  • Daily journals, operational reports and case files for Congressional Medal of Honor winners from the war in Vietnam.

    Additional documents will be added to NAIL monthly through April 1999.

    For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or e-mail


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