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You can search for just about anything online nowadays, but what about original Presidential documents? Our Michael Howard has the story about one famous museum that has done just so.

HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- There’s an old saying that you can learn something new every day. Where, now online, that may be true.

“This brings all of our archived documents to people all over the world,” said Roosevelt Museum Director Lynn Bassanese.

Wednesday, the Franklin Roosevelt Library launched its new website, called FRANKLIN. The site features a database of more than 300,000 pages of historical documents and more than 2,000 famous pictures.

“One of the most important collections we have is the President's secretary’s file,” said Bassanese. “It was called that because it was literally kept in his office and it was the documents he used most often.”

The site was created by a team from IBM and Marist College. The museums partner, the Roosevelt Institute, supplied funds for the site, which took three years to build, as well as load all the documents into its database.

“We’ve had countless amounts of help from volunteers, interns and staff members and it’s been a real labor of love,” said Digital Archivist Sarah Malcolm.

The website is available to anyone all over the world and can be seen on a mobile device or tablet.

“These documents are for everyone and we want to make sure that everyone has that open door,” said Kristen Carter.

Officials say this is just the beginning as they plan to put the rest of their archives online in the future.

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