Today, Google announced that it has helped to bring 42 new historical exhibitions online as part of the Google Cultural Institute. This includes stories put together from seventeen partners including museums and cultural foundations, who have compiled letters, manuscripts, video testimonials and more from their own archives. There are projects related to Apartheid, D-Day and the Holocaust, among other things.
Here’s more about the effort:
“As with the other archives that we’ve helped bring onto the Internet, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, you can zoom in to see photos in great detail and search through millions of items for a specific country, person, event or date,” explains Google Cultural Institute product manager Mark Yoshitake.
Here’s a video Google put together to help you use the site:
“The historical collections are the latest chapter in the work of the Google Cultural Institute, following the Art Project, World Wonders and the Nelson Mandela archives,” adds Yoshitake. “We’re working closely with museums, foundations and other archives around the world to make more cultural and historical material accessible online and by doing so preserve it for future generations.”
Google will be expanding its Cultural Institute further, and is calling on other potential partners to apply here.