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World Digital Library
U.S. Library of Congress and UNESCO

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This website makes available close to 6,000 images from libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world—from the Abu Dhaabi Authority for Culture and Heritage to the Yeltsin Presidential Library. These include full-text manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. Items are presented through an interactive map and timeline, and also browseable by item type, institution, and topic—including literature, technology, religion, philosophy, and arts and recreation. While close to half of the images address themes in European history, there are more than 1,000 representing Latin America and the Caribbean, and more than 600 for the Middle East and North Africa. Each item is accompanied by a brief description addressing the item’s significance, as well as consistent bibliographic information. Most manuscripts and other materials in languages other than English are not accompanied by translations.

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