John F. Kennedy Library Goes Online

Published by: Mike Goldman on 13th Jan 2011 | View all blogs by Mike Goldman
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John F. Kennedy Library Goes Online

In honor of the 50th anniversary of his inauguration, a number of important  papers, records, photographs and recordings from President John F. Kennedy's time in office have been made available online.  The new Kennedy Library digital archive includes more than 200,000 digitized documents, the drafts of every speech delivered by the president, thousands of official white House photographs, and audio of all of President Kennedy's speeches and video of press conferences during his years in office.

The archive was unveiled at an event held at the National Archives in Washington, DC.  Caroline Kennedy, who attended the event, said that she believes the digitization of her father's documents will be especially useful to children.

“In our increasingly fragmented society, young people are often disconnected and disillusioned with politics. President Kennedy's example - his words, his spirit - are more relevant than ever,” she said, “Using today's technology, we will be able to give today's generation access to the historical record and challenge them to answer my father's call to service, to solve the problems of our own time.”

Four companies, AT&T, Raytheon, Iron Mountain, and EMC, were integral in developing the software and hardware required to make the digitization possible.  The archives can be viewed by anybody with internet access at jfklibrary.org.

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