The Wayback Machine is an historical archive of preserved web pages.  Type in a URL and start surfing through time!

Most societies agree that it is important to preserve artifacts of their culture and heritage. Without such artifacts, civilization has no memory and no mechanism to learn from its successes and failures. Our culture now produces more and more artifacts in digital form. Internet Archive’s mission is to help preserve those artifacts and create an Internet library for researchers, historians, and scholars. The Archive collaborates with institutions including the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian.

The archive of pages goes back to 1996.  The original Wayback Machine interface was released in 2001 with about 10 billion pages.


2 Responses to What is the Wayback Machine?

  1. NURA AHMED says:

    May God bless Wayback Machine which they have done every thing for me,becousei have being looking for something more than two weeks i did not findit , i almost give up ,just one for few minutes i discover everything i want. so as from now any time i enter cafe i will visit you. “FORWARD EVER WAYBACKMACHINE BACKWARD NEVER”

  2. Sue says:

    Thank you for an amazing resource – i have just managed to find a pattern i really wanted which is no longer available in the ‘now’. Absolutely delighted.

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