Last year saw the quiet launch of the Google Cultural Institute, an effort to digitize artifacts from museums, universities, and other collections and put them online for public consumption.
Today the institute, which is led out of Google's Paris office, brought 42 new exhibits online.
"The stories have been put together by 17 partners including museums and cultural foundations who have drawn on their archives of letters, manuscripts, first-hand video testimonials and much more," the company said in a blog post. "Much of the material is very moving -- and some is on the Internet for the first time."
Some of the exhibits posted today include:
- Tragic love at Auschwitz: the story of Edek & Mala, a couple that tries to escape Auschwitz.
- Jan Karski, Humanity's hero: first-hand video testimony from the man who attempted to inform the world about the existence of the Holocaust.
- Steve Biko: a 15-year-old's political awakening in the midst of the Apartheid movement featuring nine documents never released in the public domain before.
- D-Day: details of the famous landing including color photographs, personal letters and the D-Day order itself from Admiral Ramsay.
- The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II: an account of the 1953 Coronation including color photographs.
To see a complete list of the exhibits, click here.
"We're working closely with museums, foundations and other archives around the world to make more cultural and historical material accessible online and by doing so preserve it for future generations," the company said.
Google also posted a video featuring some of the exhibitors.