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Accessible Archives Nears Completion of Page Imaging For American County Histories

Full Text Digitization Continues to be Loaded

Malvern, PA (October 19, 2017)Accessible Archives, Inc.®, an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, has announced that page images for all books within its American County Histories collection will be mounted to the website by year-end.

Thirty-four states are complete with images and text, including all states comprising the Southeast, Southwest and West regions. The remaining regions will be completed over the next months: Central, New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. 

As with all Accessible Archives databases each article is keyed and XML-tagged.  These imaged pages backed by re-keyed text produce more accurate search results and cleaner text than dirty OCR. The completed project will allow users to search by individual county, across a state or region, or throughout the entire country as a unified entry. 

American County Histories cover local history, geology, geography, weather, transportation, Revolutionary and Civil War participants, government, medical and legal professions, churches, industry and manufacturing, banking and insurance, schools, and teachers, noted celebrations, fire departments and associations, cemeteries, family histories, health and vital statistics, roads and bridges, public officials and legislators, and many additional subject areas. For an overview of non-traditional uses and original sources, please see our whitepaper. 

In its role as exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, Unlimited Priorities LLC ® has helped expedite this project by providing technical and production assistance, product development and licensing agreements.  Iris L. Hanney, Unlimited Priorities president, commented: “This conversion is the largest Accessible Archives has undertaken, and we’re gratified to see the end in sight. It has been painstaking work, but the final result has firmly established the company as the foremost digitized source for nationwide coverage of county histories.”


To celebrate this impending collection completion Accessible Archives has announced a SPECIAL SALE! The purchase of any portion of American County Histories earns a 25% discount. And for those attending the Charleston Conference and visiting Table #32 an additional 10% discount will be applied (Those NOT attending should mention the conference to receive this extra discount).

 Accessible Archives continues to be sensitive to library budgetary requirements, so ask about special offers on our other databases. We’ve worked with librarians over the years, helping expand their primary source databases in a logical and cost-effective manner, and will continue to do so.

 About Accessible Archives, Inc.

 Accessible Archives utilizes digital technology and conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microform, hard copy or images.  Databases containing diverse primary source materials – books, newspapers and periodicals – reflect broad views across 18th and 19th century America. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist both scholars and students.

About Unlimited Priorities LLC

Unlimited Priorities LLC utilizes highly skilled professionals to provide a variety of support services to small and medium-sized companies in the information industry. The Archival Initiatives Division (AID) offers practical consultative services to libraries, historical societies and associations. AID provides advice and assistance in archival content selection, rights ownership, project management, workflow analysis, production, distribution of converted content and interaction with commercial entities. By coordinating a library’s project requirements with commercial firms’ interests, Unlimited Priorities creates an atmosphere of mutual cooperation while organizing a successful process at a reasonable cost. Unlimited Priorities LLC is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives.


Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities LLC
Bob Lester
Unlimited Priorities LLC


Let’s Get Together in Charleston!

Let’s Get Together in Charleston!

Visit the Vendor Showcase in the Charleston Gaillard Center
November 7, 10:30am-6:00pm
Accessible Archives — Table #32

Lots of new and exciting things are going on at Accessible Archives including the impending completion of our American County Histories collection, so we’re –


Purchase of any portion of American County Histories earns a 25% discount. Visit us at Table #32 and we’ll take an additional 10% off (if you’re NOT attending simply mention the conference and you’ll still get the extra 10%!). Ask about special offers on our other databases – we’ll work with you to ensure you get the best possible deal!

Please contact us for an appointment or just drop by.


Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities LLC
Bob Lester
Unlimited Priorities LLC


Free Webinar: Text & Data Mining: The Gold Rush Is On!

November 2, 2017 at 11:00am EST

Explore how text and data mining opens up large and high-quality historical datasets for your users. This webinar will provide an update on how scholars understand content in ways that only computational research makes possible and increases the value of library resources. In addition, the webinar discusses the licensing efforts between content providers and academic institutions.

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Hosted by Bob Lester, Product Development & Strategy Consultant, Unlimited Priorities, LLC, presenters will include:

  • Jill O’Neill, Educational Programs Manager for the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
  • Darby Orcutt, Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, North Carolina State University Libraries

Our presenters will provide valuable insights into text and data mining — how it can help users discover content that might be otherwise missed.


Free Webinar: What is COUNTER?

October 3, 2017 at 11AM EDT

Accessible Archives recognizes the importance of usage reporting and we have made a commitment to provide COUNTER compliant usage reporting to our subscribers. Working with Scholarly iQ, Accessible Archives provides librarians with access to their COUNTER reports through an intuitive web portal as well as a SUSHI web service for harvesting reports from multiple discovery services. This webinar will also provide an update on COUNTER Release 5 – designed for the ever-changing digital publishing world.

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Hosted by Bob Lester, Product Development & Strategy Consultant, Unlimited Priorities, LLC, presenters will include:

  • Lorraine Estelle, Director, COUNTER Project
  • Stuart Maxwell, Vice President, Business Development, Scholarly iQ


Charleston Advisor Review: African American Newspapers

This unique collection of African American Newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 19th century and is rich with first–hand reporting on the major events and issues of the day, including the slavery and abolition, religion and the issue of slavery, the Civil War, Presidential and Congressional addresses, business and commodity markets, the humanities, and world travel. The collection also provides a great number of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements all of which embody the African-American experience.

Accessible Archives is pleased that a review of our African American Newspapers: The 19th Century collection was selected for inclusion in the inauguration of the new database, “Choice Charleston Advisor (CC Advisor).”  We thank the reviewer, Lauren Stern, SUNY Cortland, for her assessment of one of Accessible Archives’ most popular collections.

Composite Score: 4 Stars

Comments from the Review include:

“[the] database provides access to full-text transcriptions and digital scans of primary sources…The included transcription are, overall, of excellent quality, and the user interface is uncluttered and straightforward.”

“…both novice and advanced users will find this collection straightforward to search, browse, and read.”

“African American Newspapers is compatible with assistive technologies, and the generally high quality of its full-text transcriptions will promote user comprehension of the documents, regardless of the method used to read them. Accessible Archives follows the Worldwide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0, Levels A and AA) in order to optimize the accessibility of its collections.”

“The Accessible Archives database emerges as a clear leader in this Area [Library Integration], due to its compatibility with several discovery services and the availability of MARC records and standardized usage statistics.”

Download the Full Review