JFK Library unveils large digital archive
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has unveiled “the nation’s largest online digitized presidential archive,” providing access to a treasure trove of materials related to the 35th president’s time in office. Photographs, official documents, records and recordings, amongst other items, are now available for the perusal of the curious at www.jfklibrary.org.
According to the Library, some 200,000 pages of documents have been put online. There are also 1,500 pictures to look at and 1,245 individual phone calls to listen to.
The announcement was made on Thursday at the National Archives in Washington, DC. In attendance was President Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline.
"My parents believed that history is one of our greatest teachers," she said. "As young people increasingly rely on the internet as their primary source for information, it is our hope that the Library’s online archive will allow a new generation to learn about this important chapter in American history. And as they discover the heroes of the civil rights movement, the pioneers of outer space, and the first Peace Corps volunteers, we hope they too are inspired to ask what they can do for their country.”
This month will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s inauguration.
| January 14, 2011; 12:47 PM ET
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