JFK Presidential Library Goes Digital

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 2:35pm

BOSTON— History has taken yet another giant leap through technology after John F. Kennedy's Presidential Library goes digital.

Historic documents will now be available online, after more than four years and $10 million of digitizing and scanning more than 200,000 documents. Documents include handwritten notes, typed memos on the Cuban Missile Crisis, and personal correspondence, including a letter from Martin Luther King Jr. The online library also includes 1,200 recordings, reels of film, and hundreds of photographs. Also included are famous Kennedy family moments and some of Kennedy's most memorable speeches.

The presidential archive is the first to be accessible online, and was launched online with the help of Kennedy's daughter, Caroline. Kennedy is one of the most recognizable of leaders in the United States, and one of the most popular members of the Kennedy dynasty.

Next week will be 50 years since Kennedy's inauguration.

Historians, students, and Kennedy followers can log on here to access the new digital archives.

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