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Library of Congress Completes Digitization of 23 Early Presidential Collections


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The Library of Congress has completed a more than two decade-long initiative to digitize the papers of nearly two dozen early presidents. The Library holds the papers of 23 presidents from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge, all of which have been digitized and are now available online. The 23 presidential collections in the Library’s holdings, acquired through donation or purchase, are of such significant value that Congress enacted a law in 1957 directing the Library to arrange, index and microfilm the papers, an enormous job that concluded in 1976. With the dawn of the digital age, the collections of presidential papers were among the first manuscripts proposed for digitization. The conclusion of this effort marks the addition of more than 3.3 million images to the Library’s online archives.

SUDOC number: LC 1.2:P 92/9

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Beth Callahan
Beth Callahan
Senior Library Specialist
Phone: 817.257.7669
Email: b.callahan@tcu.edu
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Library of Congress Completes Digitization of 23 Early Presidential Collections


The Library of Congress has completed a more than two decade-long initiative to digitize the papers of nearly two dozen early presidents...