AT&T, Raytheon, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and others have contributed more than $6.5 million to digitize the newly launched President John F. Kennedy online archive of papers, photographs and recordings.
The records are vast: They include more than 200,000 pages, 300 reels of audio tape, 300 museum artifacts, 72 reels of film, and 1,500 photos.
At the official announcement yesterday at the Archivist’s Reception Room in the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., foundation president Caroline Kennedy said she hoped young people would be able to take advantage of the resources.
“As young people increasingly rely on the Internet as their primary source for information, it is our hope that the library’s online archive will allow a new generation to learn about this important chapter in American history,” Kennedy said. “As they discover the heroes of the civil rights movement, the pioneers of outer space, and the first Peace Corps volunteers, we hope they too are inspired to ask what they can do for their country.”
AT&T, other than providing financial backing for the digitization, is also hosting the servers for the project.
James W. Cicconi, AT&T senior executive VP of external and legislative affairs, said the library was fitting with JFK’s interest in advancing technology.
“From his well-known commitment to putting a man on the moon, to his prescient understanding that someday the documents in his library would be available to all, President Kennedy understood the importance of technology to the nation and to its people,” he said.
Raytheon helped the library with project management and engineering system architecture and cybersecurity, more than 2,000 hours total in contributions.
Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson said his company’s employees were honored to volunteer their service for the project.
“Now, a whole new generation of students will be able to experience President Kennedy’s vision, and imagine for themselves the exciting possibilities of engineering and science,” he said. “We believe this is very important for our country and its future.”