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Now that the eight Clinton years are over, one little-noted and interesting task required by federal law is the cataloging and processing of the voluminous documentation of this turbulent presidency. Under the Presidential Records Act of 1978, the government has five years in which to make the papers of the last administration available to historians and anyone else who wants to take a look. The project, which is under the jurisdiction of the federal National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is under way, and a look at its Web site,, shows what a massive job this will be. Researchers carted away more than 75 million pieces of paper and flew them to Little Rock, Ark., where the project is based. By Jan. 20, 2006, the public is supposed to get access to them. It’s quite conceivable, incidentally, that lawyers will be filing FOIA requests after that date to obtain documents that might help them in whatever Clinton-related litigation is still going on then. Meanwhile, the site is a useful resource, filling citizens in on the progress of the project. It has an added bonus: NARA folks grabbed up electronic copies of the White House Web site as it evolved from 1994 through 2001 and placed them on the NARA site. Together, they portray a fascinating picture of how the Web has grown up in a very short time.

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