Contact: Guy Lamolinara

March 5, 1996

National Digital Library Program Releases Five New On-Line Collections

The Library of Congress's National Digital Library (NDL) Program today announced the availability of five new collections from its World Wide Web homepage (Uniform Resource Locator:

Like the more than 40,000 images now available from the Library's Internet site, these are from American historical collections:

  • Documents of the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention, ca. 1774-1790; 272 broadside documents.
  • African American Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection, 1820-1920; 351 pamphlets on 11,000 pages.
  • World's Transportation Commission Photographs by William Henry Jackson, 1894-1896; approximately 900 photographs.
  • Documents from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1860-1920; approximately 160 publications on 10,000 pages.
  • Daguerreotype Photographs, 1842-1862; approximately 600 photographs.

James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, said today when announcing the collections' availability before the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee: "These primary source materials from American history provide valuable content for enriching the education of students and lifelong learners."

The new offerings bring to more than a dozen the number of collections that the Library makes freely available over the Internet. Other collections include Mathew Brady Civil War photographs, recently recovered notebooks of Walt Whitman, sound recordings from the Nation's Forum and early motion pictures.

In addition, the NDL Program has mounted an on-line congressional database called THOMAS, which offers bills of the current and previous Congress, the full text of the Congressional Record, the Bill Digest from the Library's Congressional Research Service and links to other legislative Internet sites.

The NDL Program also offers access to the Library's card catalog, records from the U.S. Copyright Office and links to other Internet sites. Text and images from nearly a dozen of the Library's major exhibitions are also available, including rarely seen treasures such as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson's hand.

A public-private partnership is making the NDL Program possible. Congress has pledged $15 million in total appropriations for fiscal 1996-2000, and the Library is committed to raising $45 million more in private funds. So far, more than $20 million has been raised in private money for the NDL Program. The program's goal is to make available 5 million items by the year 2000.

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PR 96-34
ISSN 0731-3527

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