Footnote's digitized Archives available free at NARA centers





WASHINGTON and LINDON, Utah -- Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Footnote, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Russell Wilding today announced the release of Footnote.com in all the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) locations nationwide [list at http://www.archives.gov/locations]. This new service at the research centers will provide patrons free access to NARA content that Footnote has digitized and indexed.

[Searching and index browsing is free online outside the NARA centers at Footnote.com but external access to most content is by subscription. See http://www.footnote.com/freedocuments.php]

According to Professor Weinstein, "It [the new service] will immediately allow much greater access to approximately 4.5 million pages of important documents that are currently available only in their original format or on microfilm." Professor Weinstein, along with Mr. Wilding, will be at Archives I in Washington DC to commemorate this important occasion.

NARA and Footnote, Inc. previously announced an agreement to digitize selected records from the vast holdings of the National Archives. This non-exclusive agreement, beginning with the sizeable collection of materials currently on microfilm, enables researchers and the general public to access millions of newly-digitized images of NARA historical records, which now can be accessed for free at the NARA research centers.

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