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Friday, 29th October 2010

Online Databases: Library of Congress Debuts "Redesigned Search System for Archival Finding Aids"

From an LC Announcement:

Searching special collections at the Library of Congress has just gotten easier.

Thanks to a completely redesigned search system, at www.loc.gov/findingaids/, 1,100 finding aids will now smoothly lead remote and onsite researchers to more than 32 million archival items in the Manuscript, Music, American Folklife, Prints and Photographs, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound, and other Library of Congress research centers.


Ann Della Porta, chief of the Integrated Library System Program Office, which helped develop the application, noted, "Using new XML-based technologies, we can offer our researchers the exciting new features they’ve come to expect from other websites."

The 1,100 finding aids help researchers locate primary-source material of unparalleled interest—from Walt Whitman’s handwritten poems, Leonard Bernstein’s scrapbooks, Thomas Edison’s patents, Margaret Mead’s field notes, and George Washington’s diaries, to photographs and memoranda from the NAACP and documents collected about the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Direct to Redesigned Finding Aids Database

Source: LC


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