Library of Congress Adds POW MIA Documents Index to Internet

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Bibliographic records for government documents on prisoners of war and service personnel missing in action in Southeast Asia have been added to the Library's offerings on the Internet. The records describe how researchers may obtain copies of specific documents, once they have been identified.

Initially, 30,000 records are available in a demonstration file on the Internet, via the Library's World Wide Web server (Uniform Resource Locator: http://lcweb.loc.gov). The complete bibliographic file for the collection of 200,000 records, formally titled "Correlated and Uncorrelated Information Relating to Missing Americans in Southeast Asia," will be available on the Internet in the near future, according to Herbert S. Becker, director of the Library's Information Technology Services. This is expected by March 1995.

The POW/MIA documents were transferred to the Library's Federal Research Division, beginning in 1992, by the Department of Defense. They were microfilmed and added to the Library's collection with an index which, until now, was available for use by researchers only in the Library.

With Internet access to the database, a researcher now can identify documents of interest by using search terms such as names, country names, service branches, keywords, and descriptive terms like "downed over Laos. …