Press/Journalists and NARA Launch Interactive WWII Collection Online
Press Release · Friday, December 5, 2008

Press Release
December 5, 2008 and The National Archives Launch Largest Interactive World War II Collection Online

World War II collection features Interactive USS Arizona Memorial, WWII Hero Pages, WWII Photos, Documents and more

Contact Information

  • NARA public affairs contactNational Archives
    Public Affairs Staff 202-357-5300
    Justin Schroepfer, Marketing Director 801-494-6517

Washington DC and Lindon, UT… and the National Archives and Records Administration announced today the release of the first ever interactive World War II collection, which includes an interactive version of the USS Arizona Memorial, WWII Hero Pages, and WWII photos and documents previously unavailable on the internet.

“We can’t afford to forget this period in our history,” says James Hastings, Director of Access Programs at the National Archives. “Our ongoing partnership with helps ensure that the stories contained in these photos and documents are accessible to everyone, particularly those who cannot travel to our facilities to study the original records. This partnership complements our mission of making National Archives holdings as widely available as possible.”

Included in the WWII collection is the first-ever interactive version of the USS Arizona Memorial. Similar to the Vietnam War Memorial project that released last March, the USS Arizona Memorial is a fully searchable digital image of the national monument.

The USS Arizona Memorial allows users to search for people they know by simply typing in a name. The image viewer will zoom in to the specific area of the wall where that name appears. By placing the cursor over the name, users can access an interactive box featuring additional information about the sailors including a place to contribute photos and stories about that individual.

In January 2007, partnered with the National Archives and other archives to digitize valuable records that contain the collective story of the United States. Now featuring over 47 million documents and photos on the site, tools bring history to life by allowing users to connect with their past and with each other.

For a limited time, is providing free access to their National Archives WWII collections that include:

“There’s more than just names, dates, and places,” explains Ted Young, a WWII Veteran, whose oldest brother died on the USS Arizona as a result of the Pearl Harbor bombing. “I hope that someday our grandsons or great grandsons will see this and have a better picture of what was going on in our time.” See a video of Mr. Young explaining how he preserved his brother’s WWII experience on

In addition to the USS Arizona Memorial, is also releasing Hero Pages, an easy way to create a tribute or memorial to our war heroes. These Hero Pages feature an interactive timeline and map, a place to upload photos, documents and letters, and a place to share stories about individuals who fought in WWII.

“These pages will tell a story that is not included history text books,” says Russ Wilding, CEO of “What we find is the Hero Pages add to history with stories that were not always documented, but rather passed down from generation to generation. These Hero Pages are a great way to involve the entire family and bring them together to add their pieces of the puzzle that make up their history.” and the National Archives have already created over 9 million Hero Pages from the Army Enlistment Records. invites those who were impacted by World War II to come and find or create a Hero Page, and preserve those memories that are disappearing too quickly.

See the WWII content including the USS Arizona and Hero Pages.

About Footnote, Inc. is a subscription web site that features searchable original documents, providing users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues.For more information, visit

About The National Archives

NARA alone is the archives of the Government of the United States, responsible for safeguarding records of all three branches of the Federal Government. The records held by the National Archives belong to the public – and it is the mission of the National Archives to ensure the public can discover, use, and learn from the records of their government.

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NARA Contact:
The National Archives Public Affairs staff
(202) 357-5300 Contact:
Justin Schroepfer
Marketing Director
(801) 494-6517


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