The What of 1989
Getting the Data
The backbone of Making the History of 1989 is a collection of over 300 digitized primary sources. The collection is comprised of speeches, objects, images, statistics, diaries and travelogues. Materials were made available from the National Security Archive and Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Additional source material was provided by President H.W. Bush and Reagan Presidential Libraries, the Margaret Thatcher Foundation, the Wende Museum of Los Angeles, California and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
Processing the Data
The Center moved quickly and by September 2007 had ingested 200 sources, all of which were text searchable via Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processing. By October 2007 virtually all of the site’s primary source materials were uploaded and translations begun. Among them, translations of key East German sources which were previously unavailable.
The Center processed, edited and annotated source materials throughout the project’s development. By its completion Making the History of 1989 hosted 380 sources, exceeding the proposed number by 100.