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AT&T donates millions for National Digital Library
(IDG) -- The Library of Congress' National Digital Library received a $3.5 million
from the AT&T Foundation to place two of the library's
historical collections online.
AT&T's gift, which is the largest corporate donation to the NDL program,
will support the digitization of collections of Alexander Graham Bell and
Samuel R.B. Morse.
The electronic collections will feature Bell's 1876 sketch of the first telephone
and Morse's first telegraphic message 153 years ago. It also will include
personal papers, journals and notebooks. The materials will be added to the
more than 40 collections already available from American Memory, a project
of the NDL program that can be accessed at memory.loc.gov.
About 1,400 items from the Bell collection already are online.
"We believe that the National Digital Library is an initiative both Alexander
Graham Bell and Samuel Morse would applaud, given their interest in
technology to facilitate the exchange of information across great distances,"
said Librarian of Congress James Billington. "[AT&T's gift] will help the
library continue the crucial yet expensive task of placing its collections online."
The NDL program receives an average of 3 million hits per day. The NDL
goal is to make freely available via the Internet millions of items by the Year
2000, in collaboration with other institutions.