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Congratulations to the Digital Public Library of America

What happens when archives, libraries & museums come together? They build something amazing.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is here, & the National Archives is proud to participate as a leading content provider in this exciting online portal and platform.

The DPLA provides a single online access point for anyone, anywhere to search & access digital collections containing America’s cultural, historical & scientific heritage. Following the successful launch in April 2013, DPLA continues to grow, regularly bringing in new partners & content. For the latest news, check out DPLAfest 2013, happening right now in Boston!

This large-scale collaborative effort to create a universal digital public library has united leaders & educators from various government agencies, libraries, archives & museums. Together with several large content providers, such as the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian, & Harvard University, the National Archives is sharing content from our online catalog in the DPLA.

In fact, the National Archives has already contributed 1.9 million digital copies of historical material, including our nation’s founding documents, photos from the Documerica Photography Project of the 1970’s, Worldwide War II posters, Mathew Brady Civil War photographs, and a wide variety of documents that define our human and civil rights.

WPA Library Bookmobile 195912
“WPA Library Bookmobile,” National Archives Identifier 195912

The National Archives’ participation in this exciting project marks a new opportunity to share our content more broadly, open new doors for research & discovery, & engage and connect with users from across the United States and around the world.

We encourage you to browse the DPLA, and see what kinds of treasures you find!  For the developers out there, the DPLA’s API & open data policy provides an opportunity to build useful apps & presentations.

Take a look, & see what you can find!


Updated: October 25, 2013 — 6:03 pm

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