The National Archives, after seeing its material on Wikipedia receive billions of views, has decided to step up efforts to upload their entire collection there. Details are available in its 2014 Open Government Plan, on Page 19.
This is great news for any business wanting to enrich its website or advertising materials with media from the American past and present. You can find everything from peaceful Camp David photos to posters supporting working mothers in World War II.
There are also all kinds of records available beyond photos and posters. Interested in naval warfare? You can find lists of classified Navy correspondence from the 40s. You’ll find material for historians, mapmakers, geneologists, and veterans; public service announcements about influenza; or a copy of the Peace Corps Act. With a bit of searching, you will most likely unearth some materials related to your business.
By Sharon Campbell