January 25, 2022

Research Tools: National Archives (NARA) Introduces Presidential Libraries Explorer

UPDATE: ADDITIONAL COVERAGE: August 27, 2020 National Archives Launches Presidential Library Explorer (via NARA)


From “NARAtions” Blog” Post by Jason Clingerman, Acting Director of the Digital Engagement Division at the National Archives:

Last fall, NARA launched the Record Group Explorer (previous blog post here), NARA’s first next-generation finding aid. I am pleased to announce today that we’ve launched the Presidential Library Explorer – NARA’s second next-generation finding aid, defined as a digital path into the record using data from the National Archives Catalog. This Explorer leverages the amazing work completed over the past two decades by Presidential Library staff.

The Presidential Library Explorer provides a visualization of NARA’s Presidential Libraries organized by size of textual records in their holdings. The Libraries, which all have scans available in the Catalog, are colored blue with a darker blue box within each record group box that indicates the amount of digital copies available for that record group. You can toggle between percentages and numbers.


The data powering the Presidential Library Explorer will be updated monthly, so check back to see what we have added and any changes we’ve made.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.