Thanks to the persistence and dedication of many NARA staff and the help of our partners, the number of digital copies of our records in the National Archives Catalog surpassed 150 million. Digitizing large quantities of our records is an important goal for NARA because we know that not everyone can come to our facilities and providing these records online democratizes access to them. The conditions of the pandemic helped us to further understand the importance of providing digital access to our records.
NARA has prioritized many of the records for scanning based on the records that have been most often requested by our researchers. So although digital copies account for only a fraction of the total number of records in our custody, we know that these are some of the most heavily used by our researchers.
In celebration of exceeding 150 million digital copies, we are highlighting some interesting records that you may not know are available in NARA’s Catalog. The following photos are from over 43,000 Photographic Negatives 1939-1984. These uncaptioned photographs are from the records of the Bonneville Power Administration.
My thanks to the staff at the National Archives in Seattle, as well as the Digitization Division and the Cartographic Branch at our College Park Archives for sharing a few of the many interesting records that we hold at the National Archives and make available through our online Catalog.