Recently announced by the Library of Congress (LOC), this bilingual (Russian and English) site explores "the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest." Comprising some 70,000 images from the Library's rare book, manuscript, map, prints and photograph, film, and sound recording collections, the site tells the stories of the individuals and groups that moved to these frontiers and interacted with the native peoples of Siberia and the American West. Users can browse the collection thematically, via the America, Russia, and the Meeting of Frontiers section, or access the primary materials directly in the Digital Collections section. All pages are offered in both English and Russian and, in addition to the large number of primary sources, offer related links and suggestions for further reading. An internal search engine and site map are also provided. This pilot project will be expanded in the future with materials from the LOC and Russian partner institutions.
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