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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.

Register Now

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.

AAI Joins Counter

Accessible Archives Announces COUNTER Membership

Implements Release 5 of COUNTER

Malvern, PA (September 20, 2017)Accessible Archives, Inc®, an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, has joined COUNTER as a full member and announced its intent to become fully compliant with the new COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources: Release 5.

In scholarly publishing, one way of measuring return on investment is to assess circulation and usage statistics. For digital content, the assessment method of choice is COUNTER reporting. In 2016, the COUNTER team began drafting a new version of the Code of Practice to replace Release 4, addressing its inconsistencies while also taking into account the changing needs of both publishers and libraries. The resulting COUNTER Code of Practice: Release 5 was published in July, 2017.

Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER Director, welcomed Accessible Archives’ membership: “We are delighted AAI has begun transitioning to Release 5 at this early stage. COUNTER was born from collaborative efforts of scholarly publishers and librarians in 2002. Effective collaboration is still our driving force and therefore having AAI becoming a member is a great bonus! Members make COUNTER possible. Their expertise and support help develop and maintain the Code of Practice to a high standard. Members benefit by being eligible for membership on committees and working groups as vacancies arise. Members also receive our newsletters, ensuring they are up-to-date with developments and can be first to register for events. Their feedback through our annual membership survey informs our priorities every year.” (more…)


Newly Completed Titles Available from Accessible Archives

Newest African American Newspaper and Women’s Suffrage Collections

Now Fully Imaged and Searchable

 Malvern, PA (August 22, 2017)Accessible Archives, Inc., an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, has announced the completion of additional titles in its African American Newspapers and Women’s Suffrage collections.

The five newspapers are now fully imaged, with the XML TEI Lite DTD utilized to re-key each article at the highest accuracy level, resulting in optimum search results and clean text. MARC records also are included.


While the women’s rights movement originated in the Northeast, Western states and territories were more favorable to women’s suffrage. Between 1893 and 1918 more than a dozen of these adopted amendments granting women the right to vote. Two publications based in Washington State served newly-enfranchised women throughout the West:

  • The New Citizen. Seattle, WA 1909–1912
  • Western Woman Voter. Seattle, WA 1911–1913

Not all women supported universal suffrage. Originating in Massachusetts, this periodical provided a forum for those opposing the expansion of voting rights to women.

  • The Remonstrance: An Anti-Suffrage Periodical. Boston, MA 1890–1913


African American Newspapers: The 19th Century was selected for inclusion in the inauguration of this new database.  We thank the reviewer, Lauren Stern, SUNY Cortland, for her assessment. Among her observations were:

“(the) database provides access to full-text transcriptions and digital scans of primary sources … The transcriptions are, overall, of excellent quality … complete and ungarbled.”

 “The user interface is very simple to use, and researchers will find many standard searching features (including Boolean, truncation, and limiters).”

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

Read the full review.


 These additions expand the current collection of nine titles into the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • Freedmen’s Record. Boston, MA 1865–1874

Provides a unique look at issues faced by freed slaves and the efforts to provide opportunities for Freedmen entering American society.

  • The Negro Business League Herald. Washington, D.C. 1909

 This publication of The National Negro Business League promoted African-American commercial, agricultural, educational and industrial advancement.

About Accessible Archives, Inc.

Accessible Archives utilizes a team of digital technology and conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microform, hard copy or as images only.  Databases containing diverse primary source materials – leading 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 scholars and students at all academic levels.

About Unlimited Priorities LLC

Unlimited Priorities LLC utilizes its highly skilled group of 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


Martin Van Buren and Slavery

This appeared in the March 11, 1837 issue of The Colored American newspaper.

The following extracts from President Van Buren’s inaugural address, present his views and designs, in regard to the question of Slavery:

“The last, perhaps the greatest, of the prominent sources of discord and disaster supposed to lurk in our political condition, was the institution of domestic slavery.”

“Perceiving, before my election, the deep interest this subject was beginning to excite, I believed it a solemn duty fully to make known my sentiments in regard to it”

“I then declared that, if the desire of those of my countrymen who were favorable to my election, was gratified, I must go into the Presidential Chair the inflexible and uncompromising opponent of every attempt, on the part of Congress, to abolish Slavery in the District of Columbia, against the wishes of the slaveholding States, and also, with a determination equally decided, to resist the slightest interference with it in the States where it exists.”
“It now only remains to add that no bill conflicting with these views, can ever receive my constitutional sanction.”

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s African American Newspapers Collection. This enormous collection of African American newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day.