Thursday, June 21, 2007 Partners with the Center for Research Libraries

CRL Records Will Be Digitized and Made Available to Affiliated Universities for Free on

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Today, announced a new partnership with The Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a non-profit organization that collects and preserves scholarly materials on behalf of 233 North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries.

This new partnership will result in the digitization and indexing of historical documents including U.S. ethnic newspapers, military records, and other materials that provide a unique perspective on American history. “This partnership will enable us to provide wider access to rare American materials,” said Bernard Reilly, President of CRL.

“Working with CRL will provide members with access to original records that offer insight into a side of American history that few have seen before,” said Roger Bell, President of “Our goal is to make important historical materials like this available to as many people as possible, and partnerships like this with CRL enable us to achieve that goal.”

As a result of this partnership, universities and libraries affiliated with CRL will have access to selected CRL content available on for free at their physical locations. Others can gain access to these valuable records through their memberships.

This partnership is the latest in a series of key relationships has secured since January 2007, beginning with The National Archives and FamilySearch. Working together with these organizations has boosted to be one of the fastest growing sites providing historical content on the web. With over 12 million records already online, is adding over two million new documents per month providing access to exciting historical documents and images that have never been available on the internet before.

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Founded in 1997 as iArchives, Inc., unites the best content from the world’s archives with treasures from individual shoeboxes and encourages discovery, discussion and sharing of stories. With millions of original documents, is creating communities around the priceless stories of our past and enables individuals to add their own images and insights. For more information, visit

About Center for Research Libraries
Founded in 1949 by 10 major U.S. research universities, CRL is a nonprofit organization that supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by ensuring the availability of diverse knowledge resources vital to those activities. In the years since its inception, CRL membership has grown to 233 North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries. It is based in Chicago and governed by a Board of Directors drawn entirely from the higher education and libraries community.