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01-18-2007, 08:41 AM
National Archives Digitizes Documents

The Associated Press

Washington Post
January 17, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Anyone interested in finding out who the FBI was investigating before it became the FBI or seeing the works of noted Civil War photographer Mathew Brady will soon be able to do so digitally.

Footnote Inc. already has digitized 4.5 million pages of historical records and recently signed an agreement with the National Archives to digitize millions more.

Initially, subscriptions cost $99.95 annually, $9.95 monthly or $1.99 per image through Footnote's Web site. Digitized materials will be available for free by Feb. 6 at two facilities in the Washington area and at regional locations in 11 states, according to Archives' spokeswoman Laura Diachenko.

After five years, all images digitized through the agreement will be available for free on the National Archives Web site.

Footnote, based in Lindon, Utah, already has posted Brady's photographs and Bureau of Investigation case files from 1908 through 1922, when it was tasked with investigating violations of national banking, bankruptcy, naturalization, antitrust and land fraud laws. When the nation entered World War I in 1917, the bureau acquired additional espionage and sabotage responsibilities. It did not officially become the FBI until 1935.

The next batch of materials to be brought into the Digital Age will be the Archives' sizable collection of materials currently on microfilm, according to the agency.

But the agreement with Footnote is "non-exclusive," which means the Archives can make similar deals with other companies, like it did recently with Google Inc. to digitize some films, Diachenko said.



01-18-2007, 08:50 AM
I hope they scanned in all 6,000 of their images in high-res like the LoC did. There are some great images I've been dying to see up close for years, like the glass negatives of the Belle Plain prisoner series, and alot of awesome soldier groups in camp.

01-18-2007, 09:08 AM
Nope, they didn't. I just tried it, and downloaded a single image, B-3482, Confederates Awaiting Transportation at the "Punch Bowl" at Belle Plain, and it's absolute crap. You pay $2 for a junky 72 ppi .jpg. :sarcastic There is a paper print of this same image over at the LoC, and you get much better resolution in that.

Freaking ridiculous ripoff. C'mon, NARA. Why couldn't you follow the LoC's example? :baring_te

01-30-2007, 07:04 AM
This may be old news. www.books.google.com allows the downloading of complete
books, manuals, etc for free. Click on "full view" and enter most any thing you are
interested in-- for example "hard tack" " experiences in the army" "the battle-fields of
virginia" . I enjoy old books which are not available in most small town libraries.