Scope: The Election 2002 Web Archive includes Web sites associated with United States 2002 mid-term Congressional elections, gubernatorial elections, and mayoral elections in 15 major United States cities (including Washington, DC). The following categories were included in the capture: selected primary races including the House, Senate, gubernatorial, and major mayoral; election related Web sites published by individual citizens; Web sites for financial contributors registered with the Federal Election Commission and national partisan groups; government sites including federal, state and territorial, and election boards; political party sites at the national level (all registered parties) and Democratic and Republican party sites at the state level; press sites including national and major metropolitan newspapers in each state, selective alternative press, specialized press, and political portals; public opinion sites such as Gallup.com and Harrisinteractive.com; and other miscellaneous related sites.
The election was held November 5, 2002. This was the first election following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and there was a heightened focus on the ecomomy, terrorism, and potential war in Iraq.
The Library of Congress, in collaboration with WebArchivist.org of the State University of New York Institute of Technology and the Internet Archive, created the Election 2002 Web Archive with additional funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts through the University of Washington Center for Communication and Civic Engagement.
This collection is part of a continuing effort by the Library of Congress to evaluate, select, collect, catalog, provide access to, and preserve digital materials for future generations of researchers.
Collection Period: July 1, 2002 - December 1, 2002
Number of Sites: Nearly 4,000
Citations should indicate: Archived in the Library of Congress Web Archives at www.loc.gov. When citing a particular Web site include the archived Web site's Citation ID (e.g., http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.natlib/mrva1234.1234). Researchers are advised to follow standard citation guidelines for Web sites, pages, and articles. Researchers are reminded that many of the materials in this Web archive are copyrighted and that citations must credit the authors/creators and publishers of the works.
Many, if not all, of the Web sites in the collection and elements incorporated into the Web sites (e.g., photographs, articles, graphical representations) are protected by copyright. The materials may also be subject to publicity rights, privacy rights, or other legal interests.
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