Library of Congress > Collections with Websites > Manuscript Division Web Archive


Collection Period:
March 30, 2006 to December 2, 2006
and January 1, 2009 to Present (ongoing archive).

The Manuscript Division Web Archive includes principally websites of organizations with which the Division has an existing relationship. Although diverse in content, they fall into several broad categories. First, there are sites for non-governmental, voluntary organizations, including civil rights and political advocacy groups whose records the division holds. Examples include the National Urban League, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (now the Civil Rights Coalition for the 21st Century), National Consumers' League, National Council of Jewish Women, National Endowment for Democracy, and the League of Women Voters (LWV).

Second are professional and honorary organizations whose records the division holds, such as the American Historical Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Studies Association, Phi Beta Kappa Society, and the Society of Woman Geographers; memorial groups such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund; and research, educational, and cultural organizations such as the American Council of Learned Societies and the MacDowell Colony. The websites of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training and the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit are included because of the division's ongoing relationship to their oral history programs.

Also archived are websites of organizations whose records are not held by the Library of Congress, but which are directly related to other collections in the Manuscript Division. These include organizational websites related to Frederick A. Cook, Sigmund Freud, and Ameen Rihani, and the websites of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Streit Council, and American Society of Landscape Architects, which relate to the personal papers of Sam Dash, Clarence Streit, and Frederick Law Olmsted, respectively. Also included are the websites of the Navy League; National Coalition for History, an affiliate of the American Historical Association; and National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Center for International Private Enterprise, and American Center for International Labor Solidarity, all affiliates of the National Endowment for Democracy.

The websites include a wide range of official documents, research studies, audio and video recordings, press releases, agendas and conference proceedings, blogs, electronic newsletters, and other sources documenting people, events, and activities likely to be of lasting research interest. Also documented is how organizations, many of which had been established early in the twentieth century, are incorporating technology and using the web to reach new audiences and carry forth their missions into the twenty-first century.

Rights and Access

Many, if not all, of the websites in the collection and elements incorporated into the websites (e.g., photographs, articles, graphical representations) are protected by copyright. The materials may also be subject to publicity rights, privacy rights, or other legal interests.

Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with the person desiring to use the item. You will need permission from the copyright owners or rights holders for reproduction, distribution, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. Researchers should consult the sites themselves for information about rights, contacts, and permissions. The catalog record for each archived website contains the specific information about the site known to the Library. See Library of Congress Legal Notices page for additional information and restrictions.

The Library of Congress would like to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified on this website so that we may make the necessary corrections. In addition, if you are a copyright owner or otherwise have exclusive control over materials presently available through this collection and do not wish your materials to be available through this website, please let us know. To make a takedown request, please fill out this form.

Citing Resources in the Web Archive

Citations should indicate: Archived in the Library of Congress Web Archives at When citing a particular website include the archived website's Citation ID ( e.g., /item/lcwa00010240 ). Researchers are advised to follow standard citation guidelines for websites, pages, and articles. Researchers are reminded that many of the materials in this Web archive are copyrighted and that citations must credit the authors/creators and publishers of the works.

More about Copyright and other Restrictions

For guidance about compiling full citations consult Citing Primary Sources.