Online Public Access contains all of the descriptions and digitized content that was in ARC. Online Public Access also searches our web site, Archives.gov, and the web sites of the Presidential Libraries for information related to your search. Your search results will be grouped into categories based upon the type of information we have that is relevant to your search:
Digital copies of records
Descriptions of records
Web pages on Archives.gov
Web pages on the Presidential Libraries’ websites
We will be sharing information and tips for using Online Public Access over the next few weeks here on NARAtions. if you have any questions about using Online Public Access please leave a comment.
Fourth of July gathering at the home of Mayor Bob Fowler of Helen, Georgia, near Robertstown, after a holiday parade.
Ah, summer! Just the thought of it brings to mind ocean waves, picnics at the park, umbrellas by a poolside. And, of course, the 4th of July! Whether you’re barbecuing with a couple of friends or taking a trip to the nation’s capital to see the museums and monuments, take a moment and dig through some history with us about the 4th of July.
That’s right—we’re reprising the Fourth on Foursquare! So look out for documents and photographs all celebrating Independence Day – from fireworks to cartoons to presidents. We’ll have a link to the document at each tip and location, so make sure to follow our Foursquare page tips to discover a little bit more about the 4th of July every day.
The Hurricane Sandy project is a shared online collection of local history as captured by individuals and cultural heritage institutions alike. Anyone can contribute images to the Historypin project to tell the story of their communities and neighborhoods before, during, and after Hurricane Sandy.
The National Archives contributed more than 30 digital images from our holdings to the Hurricane Sandy project. These images document areas along the East Coast as they existed before the storm. Visit the project page to see images from our holdings pinned to their original locations on the map:
“The National Archives is proud to partner with Historypin for the Hurricane Sandy project. This project speaks to our mission of preserving records and making them available to the public,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. “While the National Archives’s buildings generally fared well in the storm, we know that many did not. Our staff have reached out to state archivists, and worked with other agencies to coordinate records recovery operations. It’s critical that these chapters in our nation’s history, no matter how devastating, are not forgotten.”
Other collaborators include Google, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, the Society of American Archivists, and the American Association of State and Local History. Local libraries and historical societies also shared photos of Sandy and other hurricanes reaching back to 1938.
Throughout this past year, the National Archives and Federal agencies have been working to implement the Digital Government Strategy by improving digital services to better serve you.
We’ve worked toward specific milestones that improve access to government information and we launched Archives.gov/digitalstrategy to report on our progress. We sought your ideas for improvement in August and now you can see our progress toward making available mobile apps and web APIs.
Web APIs: We’ve expanded the FederalRegister.gov API to include the Public Inspection Desk and integration with Regulations.gov. We’ve also included created an interactive dataset and API for Executive Orders from 1994 to 2012 on Data.gov.
We continue to increase the records we make available on sites like Wikipedia and Flickr, which have robust mobile and web API capabilities. These projects, in addition to our work on the Digital Public Library of America, greatly expand public access to government records.
Engaging Developers: We launched Archives.gov/developer to promote innovative uses of our data and tools in the public and private sectors. We’re participating in the National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1-2, 2013, by sponsoring several challenges related to visualizing historical datasets and developing a mobile app for researchers to easily upload digital images of historical records. We’re looking forward to see what innovative solutions might be developed by the public.
The National Archives’ Online Public Access (OPA) system will be down for maintenance from May 10 to May 25, 2013. We are in the process of rolling out a new version of OPA that will bring the catalog up to date. After the updated system is rolled out, the catalog will be updated on a weekly basis. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to improve the system!
You may wish to use the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) for your research during this period of downtime. The descriptions or catalog records will be available in ARC, although all digital images in ARC will be unavailable for this period. Please check out OPA after May 25th!
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bear with us as we bring you a new and improved online public access catalog! ["Aircraft Schools. Boys training as maintenance men at Aero Industries Technical Institute, 05/01/1940. National Archives Identifier 532186]
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