The National Archives is one of America’s greatest collections of historical remnants. For the last two months, the Archives have been using YouTube to host videos that range from lectures the Archive has hosted to old footage the Archive has collected.
Last Friday, an Archives press release announced the launch of a new video production company series called Inside the Vaults, which will help introduce people everywhere to the Archive’s many treasures.
The series will feature staff discussing different items in the Archive’s collection. The first video in the series features Kitty Nicholson, a supervisory conservator, who walks us through the process of encasing the Declaration of Independence.
Although the new video series is likely to get some attention, it probably won’t go viral any time soon. Without a doubt, the behind-the-scenes nature of Inside the Vaults will fascinate any fans the Archive already has, but the new videos probably aren’t going viral any time soon.
History teachers, history students, and Kitty Nicholson might water at the mouth for new installments of Inside the Vaults, but the average American, regardless of web-saviness, probably won’t care much about the details behind preserving hundred year old relics. Inside the Vaults might, however, serve as a good marketing tool to get people interested before a Washington D.C. vacation. Assuming people take the time to watch an episode of the series rather than one of the Archive’s Private SNAFU videos.
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