American Indian museum to put collection online

Washington, D.C. (AP) 2-09

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is putting its 800,000-object collection online.

The museum planned to launch the first phase of the project Feb. 2, beginning with 5,500 items and photographs. The project is part of the museum’s regular Web site.

Officials say the digital showcase will allow people living far away from the museum’s three locations in Washington and New York to view its archives.

Museum director Kevin Gover says the project also is geared toward American Indians who may not be able to afford to travel to the museum’s locations but have access to the Internet and satellite technology.

Currently, the museum can barely display 1 percent of its collection at its locations.

Officials say it will take about four years to put all of its objects on the Web site.

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