Internet Archive

Internet Archive
Logo of Internet Archive
Type of business501(c)(3) nonprofit
Type of site
Digital library
Available inEnglish
FoundedMay 10, 1996 (1996-05-10)[notes 1][1]
HeadquartersRichmond District
San Francisco, California
37°46′56″N 122°28′18″W / 37.782321°N 122.47161137°W / 37.782321; -122.47161137Coordinates: 37°46′56″N 122°28′18″W / 37.782321°N 122.47161137°W / 37.782321; -122.47161137
ChairmanBrewster Kahle
ServicesArchive-It
Open Library
Wayback Machine (since 2001)
Netlabels
NASA Images
Prelinger Archives
RevenueIncrease $36.7 million (2019)[2]
EmployeesIncrease 169 (2019)[2]
URLarchive.org
Launched1996 (1996)
Current statusActive
Since late 2009, the headquarters of the Internet Archive has been the building that formerly housed the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist (San Francisco, California).

The Internet Archive is an American digital library with the stated mission of "universal access to all knowledge".[notes 2][notes 3] It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and millions of books. In addition to its archiving function, the Archive is an activist organization, advocating a free and open Internet. As of May 7, 2022, the Internet Archive holds over 35 million books and texts, 7.9 million movies, videos and TV shows, 842 thousand software programs, 14 million audio files, 4 million images, 2.4 million TV clips, 237 thousand concerts, and over 682 billion web pages in the Wayback Machine.

The Internet Archive allows the public to upload and download digital material to its data cluster, but the bulk of its data is collected automatically by its web crawlers, which work to preserve as much of the public web as possible. Its web archive, the Wayback Machine, contains hundreds of billions of web captures.[notes 4][3] The Archive also oversees one of the world's largest book digitization projects.


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  1. ^ "archive.org WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info – DomainTools". WHOIS. Archived from the original on November 5, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Internet Archive - Full text of "Full Filing" for fiscal year ending Dec. 2019". May 9, 2013. Archived from the original on October 30, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2021 – via ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer.
  3. ^ Grotke, A. (December 2011). "Web Archiving at the Library of Congress" Archived December 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Computers In Libraries, v.31 n.10, pp. 15–19. Information Today.