The Great Depression Collection includes millions of digitized and indexed documents including historical newspapers. Visitors to Footnote.com can view original pages featuring articles and advertisements that reveal fascinating details about what was happening in Washington, D.C., as well as in mainstream America. Visitors can also read articles about Roosevelt's New Deal or see how much groceries cost during the time of the Depression.
As part of this collection, Footnote.com is pleased to introduce the first ever Interactive Census - US Federal 1930. Footnote.com has combined innovative technology with the 1930 Census to create an interactive experience allowing members to contribute their own family photos, documents and stories by attaching them to the names on the census.
"On Footnote.com, the 1930 Census is taking on a new role: a gathering place for the American story," said Russ Wilding, CEO of Footnote.com. "Now all those stories that our parents and grandparents told us about the Depression have a place to come together and be preserved for future generations."
In addition to contributing to the census documents, members can automatically create Footnote Pages for any individual found in the census. Footnote Pages allow users to create:
• Photo galleries
• Links to other Footnote Pages
These pages can serve as memorial pages, research pages, or simply a starting place where individual shoeboxes of memories and memorabilia can be uploaded.
Footnote.com has successfully created a social framework around historical documents. Numerous people have already made hundreds of thousands of contributions on the site. "If you had family in America in 1930, you will most likely find them in the census," continues Wilding. "We encourage all to come to Footnote.com and add your family story and preserve our nation's heritage."