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JFK Library Collection to Go Digital

JFK Library Collection to Go Digital

Included among the millions of historical papers, documents, and images that will be permanently preserved are records of the nation's Civil Rights struggle, its conflict with the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, its efforts to send a man to the moon and return him safely to earth by the end of the decade, its prevention of a nuclear holocaust during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the creation of the Peace Corps.

JFK Library Collection to Go Digital

JFK Library Collection to Go Digital
Sep 1, 2006 - Records Management Quarterly
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced a major effort to build a digital library containing the entire collection of papers, documents, photographs, and audio recordings of President John F. Kennedy, eventually making them accessible to the world via the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's website, http://www.jfklibrary.org.

The initiative to digitize, index, and archive millions of presidential documents, manuscripts, photographs, and audio/visual recordings at a presidential library collection is the first of its kind in the nation, according to The Boston Globe. The project is an unprecedented effort to replicate the entire collection of a presidential library and post much of it on the Internet. The project will give researchers worldwide an opportunity to study Kennedy's career without visiting the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

In addition to 48 million pages of documents, NARA will digitize 400,000 photos, 7.5 million feet of motion-picture film, 9,000 hours of audio recordings, and 1,200 hours of video recordings, said Allan B. Goodrich, the library's chief archivist.

Documents will be copied and stored at a remote site to prevent their loss in a fire or other catastrophic event, according to The Boston Globe. The expected quality of the digital copies will be such that pen marks, notations, and other editing marks on a piece of paper will be easily visible.

In addition to copying the collection, project managers also plan to index the material.

EMC Corp. is providing NARA and the Kennedy Presidential Library archivists an in-kind donation of software, hardware, and technical support and services that is expected to exceed $1 million for the total project.

Included among the millions of historical papers, documents, and images that will be permanently preserved are records of the nation's Civil Rights struggle, its conflict with the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, its efforts to send a man to the moon and return him safely to earth by the end of the decade, its prevention of a nuclear holocaust during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the creation of the Peace Corps.

Kennedy's papers will be digitized first and could be available online in 18 months, library officials said. The entire undertaking will serve as a pilot program for a presidential library system that has more than 400 million papers, said Sharon Fawcett, assistant archivist at NARA.

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