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“”In the past 50 years since President Kennedy took office, the scope and scale of presidential records has escalated, as have expectations of access to those records. For students today, if it isn’t online, it doesn’t exist.” —David Ferriero, archivist of the United States, to the Associated Press
President John F. Kennedy predicted in 1962
that someday technology would allow anyone, anywhere to access his presidential library.
That prophecy is finally coming true with a four-year, US$10 million project to digitize the JFK
Library and Museum archives.
Backed by some high-tech corporate partners,
the team kicked off the project in 2007, with
documents scanned at a resolution so high that
even notes in pencil are legible. Staffers must not
only scan the material but also add information to
aid researchers. For example, the phrase “Cuban
Missile Crisis,” doesn’t appear in any of the mate-
rial, so the team must embed the words digitally
to make the documents appear in searches.