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Press Release
January 12, 2010

National Archives Launches "Today’s Document" mobile application

History is made with first National Archives mobile app!

Washington, DC… The National Archives has launched its first mobile application, Today’s Document [http://go.usa.gov/rnm/].

Explore American history with 365 of the most fascinating documents and photos from the extensive collection of the National Archives. Today’s Document is an interactive gallery showcasing anniversaries of fascinating historical documents and images from the National Archives. With the Today's Document application, people can learn what happened on their birthdays, search for a document by keyword, or just browse leisurely though historical highlights from the extensive National Archives’ holdings.

Zoom in on the high resolution images to get a closer look at the featured documents and photographs, use the calendar feature to select a specific date, or choose “Surprise Me” to show a document at random. Want to learn more? Tap the “info” icon to read background information on the selection. And share these historical features via email, Facebook and Twitter, and add documents to “favorites” lists by tapping the “star” icon.

See below, a brief tutorial on how to use this application:

Today’s Document is part of the flagship initiative of the National Archives Open Government Plan which includes a redesigned web site and new, user-friendly search engine. For more information on these developments, see Open Government at the National Archives [http://www.archives.gov/open/].

The Today’s Document free mobile app is now available in the Android marketplace and the Apple iTunes Store.

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