I received an interesting email this morning from the Library of Congress; they said, in part:
The United States Library of Congress preserves the Nation’s cultural artifacts and provides enduring access to them. The Library’s traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to the Congress and to the American people to foster education and scholarship, extend to digital materials, including Web sites. The Library has selected your site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the Election 2004, and we request your permission to collect and display your Web site.
The Library has developed two previous Election Web Archives, in 2000 and 2002. These Election Archives are available along with our other Web Archive collections through the Library’s Minerva Web site. The Election 2002 Web Archive illustrates how the Library catalogues archives and makes them available to researchers either onsite at the Library or through the Library’s public access Web site. This will give you an idea how your archived site may appear on our Web site.
Because of the content value of your Web site, the Library may have contacted you for permission to collect and display your site in other Web Archive collections. If you previously granted permission, we thank you for your participation, however, each new archive, including the Election 2004 Web Archive, requires separate permissions from each site owner. At this time, the Library requests your permission to collect your Web site located at the following URL…