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Apr 28, 2016 Washington D.C.

The White House Historical Association in partnership with the White House, Office of the Curator, launched a new Digital Library of the history of the White House. This premiere online resource currently includes more than 2,500 high-quality images of the White House, each with detailed descriptions including references, and offers user-friendly tools to search and find images quickly and easily.

“We are pleased that the robust Digital Library will serve as a tool for educators, scholars, students, the media, filmmakers, publishers, and the general public,” said Stewart McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association. “It is important that the Association take advantage of the latest technology and create an easy-to-navigate platform. The Digital Library includes social media features that provide a cutting-edge user experience.”

The Digital Library offers a comprehensive set of images of both the interior and exterior of the White House dating from the 1700s through the present day. Every image has detailed descriptions, and interactive features allow registered users to easily search, save and share photographs and data. Additionally, the database technology allows the Association to quickly create features about newsworthy events, themed presentations, and materials that promote other organizational initiatives and activities. Over the next two years, the Digital Library will grow to hold over 50,000 unique images, including newly digitized material from the White House collection, and will also provide scholarly research, articles, lesson plans and other educational resources.

To access the Digital Library please click to register using the following link: whitehousehistory.org/digital-library.

About the white house historical association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $45 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission. 

To learn more about the White House Historical Association, please visit WhiteHouseHistory.org

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