The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.
This is Internet Archive’s description of itself. It says it all – but doesn’t come close to describing how awesome it truly is.
The inventory of public domain (no longer in copyright) books, magazines and other media is huge. A number of organizations are digitizing their collections and making them available online – many at Internet Archive. For the researcher it’s a treasure of regimental histories, compiled genealogies, local histories – all searchable. For the reader, it’s a library of the classics (and not so classic) which can be downloaded to just about any digital device.
Spend some time wandering the virtual stacks and see for yourself. Watch a Bob Hope Christmas special from Southeast Asia or read the official Spanish account of their attack – and defeat – on the Georgia colony in 1742.