The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program in conjunction
with the Library's Manuscript Division announces the first web release of
the Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers.

This online collection will ultimately represent a portion selected from
the original Bell Papers and will comprise approximately 4700 items,
totaling about 38,000 images. The first release contains over 1000 items
consisting of correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints,
sketches, and photographs documenting Bell's invention of the telephone,
his involvement in the first telephone company, and his aeronautical and
other scientific research. These manuscripts, dating from 1862 to 1939,
offer a well-rounded portrayal of Alexander Graham Bell not only as an
inventor and scientist but also as a teacher, humanitarian, husband, and

Of particular interest in this NDLP collection website are special
presentations including a time line and a Bell Family tree. Parts of the
collection being released include original typescript letters and
documents, correspondence with transcripts, and other printed items. These
typescript materials were converted to machine-readable form and encoded
with SGML.

This presentation may be found at:


   Elizabeth L. Brown, Reference Librarian, etc.
   National Digital Library Program, LIBN/NDL/VC(1330)
   Library of Congress, Washington, DC  20540-1330
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