The National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults
Looking for Alfred Hitchcocks petition for naturalization to become a United States Citizen? How about a letter to President Eisenhower begging him to not make Elvis cut his hair when he joins the army, signed by the Elvis Presley Lovers? Do you need a daguerreotype of a Mexican war officer from 1846? The National Archives has these documents and photos as well as over 1200 more on their website, www.digitalvaults.org.
This fun, easy-to-use website gives you different options on how to search:
Voted one of the 50 Best Websites of 2008 by Time Magazine, digitalvaults.org is not only an invaluable resource for document and photo searches, but it is also a fun way to get lost in history for a few hours. I like the thematic layouts of the documents and photos and trying to guess how they complement each other, often in ways I hadnt thought of or expected. So the next time you need a picture of a very young Jackie O with her puppy or a map of the Louisiana Purchase, be sure to check out digitalvaults.org-an allergen-free way to explore the National Archives.
Reviewer: Rachel Clarke, FIDM Library Staff Member