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BOSTON, MA, Jan 13, 2011 –/BackupReview.info/– Beginning today, JFK fans and students of history alike can go online to access the most important papers, photos, films and other records of the 35th Presidentâ€™s time in office thanks to a new online archive that Iron Mountain helped to create. The digital archive at www.jfklibrary.org allows students, teachers, researchers and members of the public to gain an inside look into the life of President Kennedy and the issues that defined his presidency like civil rights, nuclear proliferation, space exploration and more. Launched a week shy of the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President Kennedy, the archive provides broader access to the Kennedy legacy and helps to preserve sensitive historical records by making digital copies of them.
The digital archive has been four years in the making. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the National Archives and Records Administration, and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the non-profit that lends the library financial and staffing support, began this massive effort in 2006. Along the way, the organizations enlisted technology support from AT&T, EMC, Iron Mountain and Raytheon and received significant financial support from private donors. To date, the library and its partners have spent countless hours and an estimated $10 million in financial and technology donations to digitize and describe the contents of the archive and bring it to life.
â€œProtecting information and helping others to access it is a big part of what we do, but itâ€™s not often you work on a project of this scale and historic importance, impacting future generations and students of JFK and history everywhere,â€ said Bob Brennan, CEO and president of information management company Iron Mountain. â€œItâ€™s an awesome and humbling experience, and weâ€™re honored to support its development and success.â€
To start its online archive, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library chose to digitize its six, most important collections. These include the Presidentâ€™s White House office files, his personal papers, outgoing letters, and the photos, videos and audio recorded during his time in the White House. More than 200,000 documents, 300 audiotapes, 72 film reels and 1,500 photos from these collections are now available online. The contents here include a veritable highlight reel of Kennedyâ€™s life and presidency. Students, teachers, researchers and members of the public can now go online to see President Kennedyâ€™s inaugural address; or to watch him debate President Nixon; or to hear him challenge America to land first on the moon; and more.
Iron Mountainâ€™s Role
The library found this home in a sprawling former limestone mine located 200 feet below farms and rolling countryside in Western Pennsylvania. It is the Iron Mountain Underground, a high-security bunker for millions of government records, business documents, historical and pop culture treasures, as well as petabytes of emails, medical images and other digital files.
This 1000-acre facility operates like a city underground, featuring backup power for seven days, its own water treatment plant, two fire trucks and around-the-clock armed security. Stored there are master recordings belonging to Sony Music, including Frank Sinatraâ€™s Night and Day and Elvis Presleyâ€™s Nothing but a Hound Dog. The Bill Gatesâ€™ Corbis archive is there as is Universal Studios, which uses the facilityâ€™s temperature-controlled vaults to protect originals of movies like E.T., Back to the Future and Jaws.
In addition to providing secure data center space and management, Iron Mountain contributed to the project by restoring and digitizing 204 videotapes and 224 audio recordings included in the digital archive.
* The video includes personal footage of Kennedy family vacations and his wedding; CBS TV coverage of his inauguration and debates with President Nixon; footage filmed by White House communicators; and other official video from U.S. government agencies.
* The audio captures more than 400 telephone conversations, as well as radio and State of the Union addresses covering the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
Engineers on Iron Mountainâ€™s film and sound team used lint-free cloths and brushes to clean these audio and video recordings. Some of the audio tapes also required â€œbaking,â€ a process of heating up the media to remove moisture. Once cleaned, Iron Mountainâ€™s technicians made two digital copies of each recording.
For one set of the audio recordings, Iron Mountain digitally enhanced the volume by removing artificial sounds like pops, crackles and hissing. The company also created a set of smaller video files more suitable for watching and streaming over the Internet than the higher-resolution replica copies. Visit here for more on the restoration and digitization project.
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