Wednesday, September 9, 2015

World Bank Expands Open Archives

In April 2015, the World Bank Group launched its Archives Holdings website, part of a project to make declassified materials widely accessible. According to the World Bank blog "Voices,"
This is a state-of-the-art platform, which maximizes the public’s online access to a vast amount of original primary source material in the custody of the Archives. . . . The website delivers an increasing quantity of digitized records from the early 1940s onward, making them available for the first time to public users who cannot come to the Archives reading room in Washington, D.C.
Users should note that the project is ongoing; more records are being added regularly. There is a "How To Use Our Site" section that explains how to search and how to find digitized sources among search results.