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The Library of Congress is the nation's first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The Library provides Congress, the federal government and the American people with a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage them and support their intellectual and creative endeavors.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.

Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

The Smithsonian collections comprise over 154 million items, of which over 13 million can be accessed online.

Library of Virginia

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Last updated 01/01/16

OYEZ: The Supreme Court

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Last updated 01/01/16

American Museum of Natural History

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Last updated 01/01/16

International Center of Photography

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Last updated 03/13/17

The Metropolitan Museum

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Last updated 03/13/17

Project Gutenberg Text Archive

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Last updated 03/13/17

Internet Archive

IA, founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996, is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining an on-l...

Last updated 10/26/19