Thursday, 28 February 2008

Expansion of the National Register of Archives online presence

The National Archies at Kew has announced that the online presence of the National Register of Archives is to expand. From the news release:

"The National Register of Archives contains details of the holdings of archives across the UK and beyond - a treasure trove of historical information. The scope and the sheer numbers involved in this invaluable research tool are remarkable. Overall, the register can provide information about the historical records of some 50,000 individuals, 9,000 families, 32,000 businesses and 100,000 other organisations.

Thanks to projects like Access to Archives, many of these catalogues are available online. However, many catalogues are still only available as paper lists. By digitising 250,000 pages of paper lists, The National Archives aims to ensure the catalogues of participating archives are made easier to search and more accessible for existing and new researchers alike. It will also continue the work of Access to Archives in making catalogues available online."

The National Register of Archives can be consulted online at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/default.asp .

Chris

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