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Internet Archive

Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a digital library dedicated to providing “Universal Access to All Knowledge” with billions of Web pages, books, music, film, & software.

Founded: 1996 by Brewster Kahle

Internet Archive
  • Program Area

  • Location of Impact

  • Headquarters Location

    San Francisco, California, United States
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Hardware, Open Source
  • Budget

    $1,000,000 +

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library founded in 1996 with the mission to provide “Universal access to all Knowledge.” The organization seeks to preserve the world’s cultural heritage and provide open access to knowledge in the digital era, supporting the work of historians, scholars, journalists, students, and the general public. Home of the Wayback Machine, the Archive’s digital collections include more than 26 petabytes of data: the books, films, tv, web pages, and software of our shared cultural heritage. Each day, 2-3 million visitors use or contribute to the Internet Archive, making it one of the world's 250 most popular sites. It creates new models for digital preservation by forging alliances with more than 500 libraries, universities, and archives around the world.

Funders and Awards

Laura & John Arnold Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Science Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, Council on Library and Information Resources Grant, Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant;