Feb 14 2019

Library of Congress Uses Modern Tech to Digitize American History

Alexander Hamilton’s papers. Abraham Lincoln’s letters. Rosa Parks’s message to her mother on the day of her famous arrest after refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. These are just a few of the treasured historical artifacts being digitally preserved by the Library of Congress. The library uses advanced scanning technology to capture documents and objects in stunning detail. The library’s technology has evolved over time and so has the amount of data it stores. Today, the Library of Congress stores 50 petabytes of data in the cloud and on-premises, ensuring that history can be preserved and presented to future generations of Americans. 

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    • Thomas Rieger, Manager, Digitization Services, Library of Congress
    • Kate Zwaard, Director of Digital Strategy, Library of Congress
    • Timothy Stutz, Digital Conversion Specialist, Library of Congress
    • Domenic Sergi, Head, Digital Scan Center, Library of Congress
    • Taren Ouellette, Digital Conversion Specialist, Library of Congress
    • Diane Schug-O’Neill, Digital Conversion Coordinator, Library of Congress

Video Highlights

  • The Library of Congress digitizes historical artifacts to expose more Americans, and people around the world, to the treasures it holds in its archives.
  • Over time, the library’s scanning tools have evolved to handle larger images and capture objects more quickly.
  • Digitizing important documents and photos from the past allows them to be preserved so that history can be brought to life.