Footnote.com announced it's "official" launch yesterday. While the site has been live since January and over 12.5 million images/documents are now available on the site, yesterday was the "hard" launch. (January would have been referred to as the "soft" launch). As far as I understand it, the difference is more a marketing difference than anything else.
So, to me, the most significant part of the release is the following:
As part of the launch, Footnote.com is making a significant portion of their millions of original Revolutionary War documents available for free from today until the end of July [my emphasis]. Included in these records are secret journals, intercepted letters from the British military, and letters written by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers. Click here (http://www.footnote.com/revolutionary-war.php) to see samples of these Revolutionary War documents.This promotion doesn't include the so-called "big" titles like the Revolutionary War Pensions or War Rolls, but includes:
- Records from the Constitutional Convention of 1787
- Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress
- Papers of the Continental Congress
Full Press Release:
Footnote.com Announces Official Launch of the Company and Reveals First-Hand Accounts of the Birth of America