The history of the National Archives records our longstanding commitment to the mission of preserving and providing access to the permanent records of the federal government. However, in no decade in our history have we provided greater access than in the one that is drawing to a close this month. Together, our staff developed values to collaborate, innovate and learn. Our focus on those values has resulted in unprecedented digital access to our records.
To make digital access happen, you need digital records and we are creating them at a rate that was unthinkable just a few years ago. Thanks to new software and hardware technologies, we are able to scan, index and provide access to digital copies of our records like never before. Our digitization partnerships have resulted in tens of millions of digital copies of our records that we are making available in our Catalog. Ten years ago, NARA had 300,000 digital copies of our records available through the Catalog. Today we have 97 million and counting. We are working toward a goal of having 500 million digital copies available through our Catalog by FY24. After that, we are on to our first billion.
In 2009, Making Access Happen meant that we provided descriptions of our records in our online Catalog and our digital presence was limited to our websites. Today our records are available on over 25 platforms and counting. We started working with Wikipedia in 2011 and our collaboration has ensured that digital copies of our records are viewed over a billion times each year. Our partnership with the Digital Public Library of America has resulted in more views of our records on their site than on our own. Our digitization partners’ websites provided over 300 million views to our records in 2019.
We have come a long way over the past ten years to expand digital access to our records. By using new technologies and developing open and collaborative relationships, we are providing digital copies of our records to people who may never come to a National Archives building, may never click on to archives.gov, but will see our records on social media, blogs, and websites from DPLA to GIPHY and more. What a decade it has been! Just imagine what we will accomplish in the next one.