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Celebrate the Internet Archive's 25th Anniversary!
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As the Internet Archive turns 25, we invite you on a journey from way back to way forward, through the pivotal moments when knowledge became more accessible for all. On this anniversary page you can:
But first, in the video above, go way back to 1996 when a young computer scientist named Brewster Kahle dreamed of building a “Library of Everything” for the digital age. A library containing all the published works of humankind, free to the public, built to last the ages. He named this digital library the Internet Archive. Its mission: to provide everyone with “Universal Access to All Knowledge.”
Read Brewster’s reflections on this 25 year milestone
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From Wayback to Way Forward: The Internet Archive at 25
A virtual journey with the builders and dreamers who have reached for the stars.
Thursday, October 21 at 6 PM PT (9 PM ET)
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Key Moments in Access to Knowledge
7th
cen.
BCE
The world’s oldest library is founded in Mesopotamia
8th–4thBCE
The Upanishads, foundation of Hinduism, are composed in Southern Asia
2nd
cen.
BCE
Parchment is invented in Pergamon

303
Diocletian orders the destruction of Christian texts

400
Buddhism’s Diamond Sutra appears in Chinese translation

1450
Gutenberg invents the Europe’s first printing press

1567
Philip II commands the suppression of Arabic across Spain

1611
The King James Bible is published
Dec
15
1791
The First Amendment is adopted in America

1824
Braille is invented

1833
The first US tax-supported public library is established

1891
School attendance is made compulsory for all Native American children

1933
Books are burned across Nazi Germany

1969
The Supreme Court rules that the right to information is fundamental

1971
The first ebook is created by Project Gutenberg

1989
Sir Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web
Feb
8
1996
John Perry Barlow issues a Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
Oct1996
Internet Archive crawlers capture first web pages, including MTV

1996
Brewster Kahle founds the Internet Archive
Aug
1
2000
Library of Congress and Internet Archive establish the U.S. Election 2000 Web Archive
Dec
30
2000
Rick Prelinger establishes the Internet Archive’s first moving image collection
Jan
15
2001
Wikipedia is launched
Oct
11
2001
Internet Archive establishes the 9/11 Television News Archive
Oct
24
2001
Wayback Machine unveiled at the University of California at Berkeley

2001
Computer Scientist, Raj Reddy, launches Million Book Project
Aug
1
2002
Collaborating with Etree, the Internet Archive’s Live Music Archive goes online
Oct
9
2002
Internet Bookmobile arrives at the Supreme Court for Eldred vs. Ashcroft
Jul
1
2003
The Internet Archive helps establish the International Internet Preservation Consortium
Nov
5
2005
Internet Archive launches Archive-it web archiving service
Jul
16
2007
Aaron Swartz announces launch of Open Library

2007
Internet Archive receives National Security Letter from the FBI
Apr
13
2008
Internet Archive offers free Ultra High-Speed Internet to SF Public Housing
Apr
7
2010
Internet Archive & Princeton University make federal court records freely available
Apr
9
2010
Internet Archive partners with NASA to digitize historical images
May
6
2010
Internet Archive makes 1 million books freely available to people with print disabilities
Jan
4
2011
Brewster Kahle receives the Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award
Feb
22
2011
Library coalition develops lending collection of more than 80,000 ebooks

2011
The Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet is created
Apr
24
2012
Brewster Kahle is inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame
Sep
18
2012
Internet Archive launches the TV News Archive
Oct
25
2012
10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of cultural material archived
Dec
7
2012
Internet Archive & EFF successfully block Washington State law
Jan
12
2013
Open knowledge activist and Open Library founder, Aaron Swartz, dies
Feb
21
2013
Internet Archive establishes its first Bitcoin ATM, and starts paying employees in Bitcoin
Oct
24
2013
Internet Archive launches Historical Software Archive
Jun2014
The Accessible Books Consortium is founded
Mar
1
2015
Kahle/Austin Foundation establishes Foundation House for nonprofit workers
Jun
7-9
2016
Internet Archive hosts the world’s first Decentralized Web Summit
Jan
5
2017
Internet Archive launches the Trump Archive
May
15
2017
Internet Archive receives Webby Lifetime Achievement Award
Feb
25
2020
Brave browser adds one-click access to Wayback Machine captures
Mar
24
2020
In response to Covid-19 shutdowns, Internet Archive launches National Emergency Library
Jun
1
2020
Four publishers sue the Internet Archive to stop Controlled Digital Lending
Dec
31
2020
Internet Archive lending collection reaches 2 million modern books
Mar
9
2021
Internet Archive launches Internet Archive Scholar
Every Collection Tells a Story
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In 25 years, the Internet Archive and our community has accomplished so much. Together, we have built a world class library on the Internet. It’s all possible thanks to patrons around the world who are curious, generous, and preservation-minded, just like you.
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