Kennedy presidential library goes digital

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Michelle Franzen

WASHINGTON (NBC) - Next week marks 50 years since the inauguration of John F. Kennedy and to help celebrate, the history of JFK's presidential library has gone digital.

The digital project launched Thursday with the help of Kennedy's daughter, Caroline.

"His time is becoming a part of history, not living memory so we need to find ways to preserve and reach across future generations in new ways," she said..

Digitizing the presidential library was no easy task.

It took four years and $10 million dollars to scan more than 200,000 documents.

They include Kennedy's handwritten notes and typed memos on the Cuban missile crisis and personal correspondence with leaders like Martin Luther King.

There are also 1,200 recordings, reels of film, and hundreds of photographs from his presidency, including the final days and hours before his assassination.

You can log on to the website and explore the new digital archives.

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