Virtual Worlds and MMOs Websites and Freedom of Information (FOIA) Web Collection

November 13, 2020
Peter Chan
Screenshot of the collections

We are pleased to announce that 2 new web archive collections with a total of 162 websites have just been added to SearchWorks. You can find them at for the Virtual Worlds and MMOs Websites collection and at for the Freedom of Information (FOIA) collection.

The Virtual Worlds and MMO archive is dedicated to the academic investigation and historical preservation of documentation of virtual worlds. The sites were collected from Sep. 9, 2007 to Mar. 31, 2015. This collection is a collaborative effort of the How They Got Game Project of the Stanford Humanities Lab and Stanford Libraries. The collection is curated by Henry Lowood, Harold C. Hohbach Curator, History of Science & Technology Collections and Spencer Craig Gondorf, curatorial assistant, provided metadata to the collection.

The Freedom of Information (FOIA) collection gathers sites that deal with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and documents. This includes government sites that receive and distribute FOIA documents as well as non-profit organizations and government watchdogs that request large numbers of FOIA documents on specific topics like national security and civil rights. The sites were first collected on Jun. 5, 2008 and we are still archiving the sites. The collection is curated by James Jacobs, US Government Information Librarian. Robert Rohrbacher, Metadata Librarian, provided metadata to the collection in the Archive-It site at where users can perform full text search across the entire collection. We have transferred the metadata in the Archive-It sites to SearchWorks. 

For both collections, Jessica Cebra, Metadata Management Librarian, has overseen the metadata production and Andrew Berger, Repository Manager, has helped on SDR related issues.