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Archival PDB Newsletters Available

While the PDB Newsletter was started in 1974, only issues dating back to 1993 have been accessible on-line until recently. Early paper copies have been scanned and are now available at ftp://ftp.rcsb.org/pub/pdb/doc/newsletters/old_bnl/ in PDF format (see http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/alternate.html for a free reader).

Sixty-three PDB newsletters, ranging from September 1974 to January 1993, are included in this set. Changes in technology become very evident as you read through these newsletters. The earliest were prepared on a typewriter and some by pasting sections together. The later newsletters resemble the printed versions of today.

The history of the Protein Data Bank - the growth of the resource, the means of delivery of the data, and the evolution of standard formats - can be traced through these newsletters. We hope you enjoy them.