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Celebrate the Internet Archive's 25th Anniversary!

As the Internet Archive turns 25, we invite you on a journey from way back to way forward, through the pivotal moments when knowledge became more accessible for all. On this anniversary page you can:

  • sign up for our virtual celebration
  • create a video anniversary message
  • tweet about how the Internet Archive has enhanced your life & work
  • dive deep into our stories, collections & important milestones in an interactive timeline
  • send us a donation for our birthday!

But first, in the video above, go way back to 1996 when a young computer scientist named Brewster Kahle dreamed of building a “Library of Everything” for the digital age. A library containing all the published works of humankind, free to the public, built to last the ages. He named this digital library the Internet Archive. Its mission: to provide everyone with “Universal Access to All Knowledge.”

Read Brewster’s reflections on this 25 year milestone

Join our Virtual Celebration

Come celebrate with us, no matter where you are in the world.

From Wayback to Way Forward: The Internet Archive at 25

A virtual journey with the builders and dreamers who have reached for the stars.
Thursday, October 21 at 6 PM PT (9 PM ET)

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Key Moments in Access to Knowledge

7th
cen.
BCE
2021
7th
cen.
BCE
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The world’s oldest library is founded in Mesopotamia
8th–4th
BCE
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The Upanishads, foundation of Hinduism, are composed in Southern Asia
2nd
cen.
BCE
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Parchment is invented in Pergamon

303
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Diocletian orders the destruction of Christian texts

400
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Buddhism’s Diamond Sutra appears in Chinese translation

1450
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Gutenberg invents the Europe’s first printing press

1567
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Philip II commands the suppression of Arabic across Spain

1611
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The King James Bible is published
Dec
15
1791
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The First Amendment is adopted in America

1824
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Braille is invented

1833
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The first US tax-supported public library is established

1891
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School attendance is made compulsory for all Native American children

1933
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Books are burned across Nazi Germany

1969
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The Supreme Court rules that the right to information is fundamental

1971
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The first ebook is created by Project Gutenberg

1989
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Sir Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web
Feb
8
1996
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John Perry Barlow issues a Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
Oct
1996
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Wayback
Internet Archive crawlers capture first web pages, including MTV

1996
Go
Wayback
Brewster Kahle founds the Internet Archive
Aug
1
2000
Go
Wayback
Library of Congress and Internet Archive establish the U.S. Election 2000 Web Archive
Dec
30
2000
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Rick Prelinger establishes the Internet Archive’s first moving image collection
Jan
15
2001
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Wayback
Wikipedia is launched
Oct
11
2001
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Internet Archive establishes the 9/11 Television News Archive
Oct
24
2001
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Wayback
Wayback Machine unveiled at the University of California at Berkeley

2001
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Computer Scientist, Raj Reddy, launches Million Book Project
Aug
1
2002
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Collaborating with Etree, the Internet Archive’s Live Music Archive goes online
Oct
9
2002
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Wayback
Internet Bookmobile arrives at the Supreme Court for Eldred vs. Ashcroft
Jul
1
2003
Go
Wayback
The Internet Archive helps establish the International Internet Preservation Consortium
Nov
5
2005
Go
Wayback
Internet Archive launches Archive-it web archiving service
Jul
16
2007
Go
Wayback
Aaron Swartz announces launch of Open Library

2007
Go
Wayback
Internet Archive receives National Security Letter from the FBI
Apr
13
2008
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Internet Archive offers free Ultra High-Speed Internet to SF Public Housing
Apr
7
2010
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Internet Archive & Princeton University make federal court records freely available
Apr
9
2010
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Internet Archive partners with NASA to digitize historical images
May
6
2010
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Internet Archive makes 1 million books freely available to people with print disabilities
Jan
4
2011
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Brewster Kahle receives the Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award
Feb
22
2011
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Library coalition develops lending collection of more than 80,000 ebooks

2011
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Wayback
The Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet is created
Apr
24
2012
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Brewster Kahle is inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame
Sep
18
2012
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Wayback
Internet Archive launches the TV News Archive
Oct
25
2012
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10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of cultural material archived
Dec
7
2012
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Internet Archive & EFF successfully block Washington State law
Jan
12
2013
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Open knowledge activist and Open Library founder, Aaron Swartz, dies
Feb
21
2013
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Internet Archive establishes its first Bitcoin ATM, and starts paying employees in Bitcoin
Oct
24
2013
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Internet Archive launches Historical Software Archive
Jun
2014
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Wayback
The Accessible Books Consortium is founded
Mar
1
2015
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Kahle/Austin Foundation establishes Foundation House for nonprofit workers
Jun
7-9
2016
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Internet Archive hosts the world’s first Decentralized Web Summit
Jan
5
2017
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Internet Archive launches the Trump Archive
May
15
2017
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Internet Archive receives Webby Lifetime Achievement Award
Feb
25
2020
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Brave browser adds one-click access to Wayback Machine captures
Mar
24
2020
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In response to Covid-19 shutdowns, Internet Archive launches National Emergency Library
Jun
1
2020
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Four publishers sue the Internet Archive to stop Controlled Digital Lending
Dec
31
2020
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Internet Archive lending collection reaches 2 million modern books
Mar
9
2021
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Internet Archive launches Internet Archive Scholar
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In 25 years, the Internet Archive and our community has accomplished so much. Together, we have built a world class library on the Internet. It’s all possible thanks to patrons around the world who are curious, generous, and preservation-minded, just like you.

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