|History of the Susan H. Douglas Collection | National Impact | Audience|
A searchable online file with linked images will dramatically increase the availability of these artifacts and printed materials to both scholarly and popular communities. The fragile nature of many of these objects makes the use of the originals difficult and time-consuming. Standard catalogs primarily provide black and white images of materials for which color is a crucial component. They are also restricted to a linear arrangement, with only a page index for access. The ability to search by year, by candidate, and/or by object type, and to see the high-resolution color images of the items, brings the full riches of this collection to anyone with access to the Internet.
Of special interest is the use of this material in K-12 education. Students are often asked to study previous Presidents as part of their mandatory history requirements; the site provides them with the raw materials to understand how political figures, events, and issues were observed and represented by their contemporaries.
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