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Explore the oldest U.S. Website — via the Stanford wayback machine!

Who knew that the oldest US Website was a page from the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC)? Now you can explore the evolution of that oldest Website via the Stanford Libraries Wayback Machine. We’re now locally running an instance of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. Soon, all of our Web harvesting collections will also be available via the Stanford Wayback search interface. This includes some rich collections of government publications including Freedom of Information (FOIA), Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports, Fugitive US Agencies, Bay Area Governments, and more!

At a microscopic level, web archives document the evolution of individual websites. At a macroscopic level, they document the evolution of the Web itself. In the case of web archives for the period when the entire Web consisted of only a handful of individual websites, changes to even a single website reflect changes to the Web itself. We are pleased to announce the availability of such an archive, notably featuring the oldest U.S. website, dating to December 21, 1991.

via Explore the oldest U.S. website | Stanford University Libraries.

The FCC at Stanford: A paper trail

On April 17, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a public en banc hearing on broadband network management practices. Hosted by Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, the event was attended by five FCC Commissioners who heard from legal scholars, high-tech entrepreneurs, Web start-ups and an auditorium full of interested community members about whether and how the FCC should provide more oversight of phone and cable companies in order to ensure “net neutrality.”

Stanford Law School Archivist Sarah Wilson has compiled a document with testimony, statements, press releases and news coverage related to the hearing. Her work, The FCC Hearing at Stanford, is available as part of the Robert Crown Law Library Legal Research Paper Series.

-Kate Wilko