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Inside the Archives – Spring 2016 – Volume V Number 2

Inside the Archives

Spring 2016
Volume V. Number 2.


Welcome to Spring 2016!  We hope the wrap-up of your academic year is going well!

2016 is proving to be a great year for Accessible Archives!  We are adding new content to our acclaimed American County Histories database. We are developing and acquiring content for several new database products for Fall 2016! Stay tuned for more details as we firm up the publishing and content load schedules for these new databases. 

Accessible Archives is committed to enhancing the user experience and searchability of our databases. The latest enhancements are described later in this newsletter.

Annual ALA Conference in Orlando

Will you be at ALA in Orlando?  Lots of new and exciting things are going on at Accessible Archives and we would love to get together and share the news.  We are in booth 612.  Let us know and we will make a date!

The Colored Conventions Project

Colored Conventions“The Colored Conventions Project is delighted beyond measure to have an agreement with Accessible Archives; it remains the most popular site for searches for the more than a twelve hundred students across the country who have used CCP’s curriculum. We have national teaching partners in Ohio and California creating exhibits now which will feature images from the database—and many more coming on this year as UD graduate students partner with scholars whose essays will appear in our forthcoming collection Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age. Indeed, we just got a highly sought after NEH grant to facilitate the creation of 15 exhibits. So this agreement could not be better timed! “

Visit the Colored Conventions webpage.

One hundred years ago, America was on the road to electing a new president. In 1916, presidential campaigns and voters addressed many of the same issues that we are seeing in 2016. These issues include: serious internal divisions within the Republican Party, concerns regarding the economy (in 2016, there have been rumblings that a recession is possible), and concern over America’s position in a spreading worldwide conflict (in 1916 it was the Great War and in 2016 it’s the War on Terrorism and the conflicts in the Middle East). Check out more on America’s political cultural development and the challenges of selecting a President in Frank Leslie’s Weekly.

MOBIUS and Accessible Archives Join Forces

MOBIUS and Unlimited Priorities, the sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, have signed an agreement to bring to the MOBIUS member libraries rich online databases that allow students and scholars to access essential primary sources. Working with member libraries in Missouri and Oklahoma, MOBIUS is the preferred gateway to the global information environment and the challenges of ever-changing technology for over 70 academic, public, and special libraries.

Congratulations to Avila University!!  They are the first of many MOBIUS member libraries to purchase an Accessible Archives subscription, which includes access to all 24 Accessible Archives databases, monthly content additions, and new databases released during the term of their subscription.

Check with MOBIUS for the Accessible Archives sales promotion for member libraries!

New MARC Records Available

There are now American County Histories MARC records for books from every state. In total, there are now 1600 of the soon to be 3000 records available. The records are provided three ways – as complete sets, as only new records, and as only corrected records. As always, for each set you can download either a zip file that has one file with all MARC records or a zip file that has one file for each collection. The MARC FTP link can be found on your organization’s Accessible Archives Administrators/Account Information Page.

Accessible Archives — Search Enhancements

Accessible Archives is excited to provide additional updates on the continuing enhancements we have made to the searching functionality on our website.

Hovering over “Help” in the Search screen – a drop-down menu provides links to the relevant sections of the User Manual on the Tech Support page. Each link provides essential assistance/explanation prior to the user actually searching.

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Search Enhancements – Figure 1

Hovering over “Help” on the Results Page — a dropdown menu provides links to the relevant sections of the User Manual on the Tech Support page. Each link provides essential assistance/explanation on viewing the results of your search, viewing and browsing documents, and printing, and emailing a document.

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Search Enhancements – Figure 2

The link on display pages has been changed from “Search” to “Revise Search”.

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Search Enhancements – Figure 3

In the decade following the end of the Civil War, a great many former abolitionists turned their attention to the question of political equality for women. A recurring theme that held the public’s attention all the way through the 20th century, when women finally succeeded in gaining voting rights nationally, was the idea that men and women had “natural” roles and “spheres” of influence and that tampering with the system would result in chaos or the destruction of the existing way of life.

Questions of Importance

“Two questions are now stirring public thought. That men are not women, and women are not men, will, we think, be admitted by the warmest advocates of extremes on either side. Then, however equal in ability and worth the sexes may be, there must be some difference in their offices and their daily employments…”

Learn more about Godey’s Lady’s Book (1830–1898)

Upcoming Webinars

We will be conducting a series of collection-specific webinars during the coming months.

Newspapers of Colonial America

The newspapers comprising this webinar contain a wealth of information on colonial and early American History and genealogy, and provides an accurate glimpse of life in America, with additional coverage of events in Europe. Includes: The Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800 (with the Pennsylvania Packet and Maryland Gazette); South Carolina Newspapers, 1732-1780 (The South Carolina Gazette, 1732–1775; The South Carolina & American General Gazette, 1764–1775; The South Carolina Gazette & Country Journal, 1765–1775; The Gazette of the State of South-Carolina, 1777–1780); and, Virginia Gazette, 1736-1780.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly

We will trace America’s development in the 19th and early 20th centuries through this complete collection of the nation’s first illustrated weekly. We will highlight every phase of the evolution of American popular culture over 70 years. In addition, we will illustrate how the Weekly chronicles the nation heading into the catastrophic conflict between North and South, postwar industrial growth and the rise of cities, and the movement westward. By unlocking the immediate past scholars can better understand the events leading to our present day concerns and issues.

In support of Canada’s Women’s History in October — Women’s Studies Collections

These collections comprise a unique selection of 19th Century women’s newspapers and periodicals whose diverse views helped define the roles of women in society, government and business.  They offer the opportunity to interpret social, political, economic, and literary matters during the 19th Century. Domesticity columns, suffrage and anti-suffrage writings, and literary genres are discussed, along with the ability of reference librarians, faculty, and students to assess the connotations of letters to the editors, news stories, articles on society and morality, essays, poems and short stories. Special focus will be on Canada.

African American Newspapers: 19th Century

This unique 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, including the Mexican War, Presidential and Congressional addresses, Congressional abstracts, business and commodity markets, the humanities, world travel and religion. 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.

Use of Primary Sources and Interface/Searchability

These presentations will focus on the importance of using primary sources and how to locate those documents that will provide the best opportunities for reference librarians, faculty and students to “dig into the past” and discover the essential history that defines our society.

Accessible Archives’ Library Support Services

Many of you may have taken advantage of some of the Accessible Archives free services listed below, but we wanted to bring you up-to-date on all of our available support services. These free services will promote and increase the usability of your organization’s Accessible Archives holdings and enhance the user experience.

Most of the services listed below can be accessed through the “Account Information” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Accessible Archives search page. Your COUNTER User ID and password can be used to access your full Account Information. This link will take you to an administration page, which includes specific information on: customer ID, type of service, and annual term; Branding information; IP authentication entries; content access rights; the COUNTER sign-in link; and the MARC FTP link.

Who and What is being searched?

Accessible Archives understands that usage numbers are critical in analyzing and justifying ongoing expenses. We have made available two resources through our partner, Scholarly iQ, to provide you with the most current usage statistics.

COUNTER: You now have access to COUNTER 4. This will provide you with an opportunity to review your organization’s usage statistics on a regular basis. To access your COUNTER usage information, click on the Account Information link in the upper right-hand corner of the Accessible Archives search page and it will take you to the Administrator Log-in page. Type-in your user ID and password for access. On the Administrator site, you can see the COUNTER link in the upper right corner. If you don’t have your COUNTER password, please contact us at 239-549-2384 or iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com.

SUSHI: We have implemented SUSHI into our statistics system as part of our compliance with COUNTER 4, allowing you to automate your statistical gathering process.  We also work with ExLibris, Serial Solutions and EBSCO on providing SUSHI.

Promote your library’s acquisitions effort

BRANDING: Accessible Archives has a simple and user-friendly branding process that promotes the library and increases usage.

The top of the welcome screen will consist of a column for your logo, another for your greeting, and a third with an Accessible  logo and a brief note that the service is being provided via Accessible Archives.  The bottom of the screen will provide a selection list, and users will be able to select any combination of the resources to which you have purchased access.  We need two things from you to set up Branding – a logo file and a Greeting Message that will appear at the top of the page to the right of the logo.  We can accept either a .gif, .png or .jpg file.  The logo should not exceed 100 pixels in height or 300 pixels in width.  The greeting should be anywhere from 2 to 5 lines.

Searchability and Discovery

MARC: Accessible Archives can provide your library with customized MARC records. Our FTP site provides a convenient way of retrieving the latest updated records.  A user-friendly process allows users to follow a URL link directly to a publication or collection title for searching or browsing.

DISCOVERY: Accessible Archives currently has strategic alliances with EBSCO Discovery Service, ExLibris Primo Central, OCLC WorldCat, Ship Index and ProQuest Serials Solutions Summon.

When there are questions — Library and User Support

TECH SUPPORT WEB PAGE: Accessible Archives provides you with on-demand tech support at http://www.accessible-archives.com/support/. This web page provides a user manual that highlights all aspects of searching in your new product, direct links to our services, a detailed FAQ, and telephone number for access to a live contact for immediate attention

WEBINARS: We continue to offer free Webinars on a monthly basis.  If you are interested in learning more about our collections watch your e-mail for upcoming dates and sign-up information.  We also can create a customized Webinar for you and your staff geared to your specific collections.

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Ferocious Dueling in Mobile

On Sunday a duel was fought between two gentlemen from New Orleans. The scene of it was in the grove, South of the buildings known as the “Six Sisters,” in the lower suburbs of the city.

The parties were Charles Roman, son of ex-governor Roman, and W. H. Bouligny, son of a late Senator from Louisiana of that name. The fight commenced at one o’clock with small swords for weapons. The first pass was made by Mr. Bouligny, whose sword struck upon the suspender button of his antagonist, and broke in two. In the pass of Mr. Roman, made simultaneously the sword penetrated the side of Mr. Bouligny, inflicting a slight but not dangerous wound. The sword being broken, the parties resorted to pistols at five paces. At first fire Mr. Bouligny received the ball of his antagonist back of the hip. The wound was painful, but slight. The shot of Mr. Bouligny passed on without touching.

We learn that the duel originated in an old misunderstanding, but after both parties had stood steel and fire, they conceived a higher respect for each other, and left the field reconciled. They returned to New Orleans yesterday in the steamer Oregon.

–Mobile Tribune, April 4.

Source: Frederick Douglass Paper, May 5, 1854

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.

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A Word for the Poor in The Lily

This appeal for help for the poor, penned by Helen Bruce, appeared in The Lily in the March 1855 issue.

A Word for the Poor

Winter is here—a winter in the midst of fearfully hard times, and we are surrounded with the starving poor. Why are our cities thronged with helpless paupers, when there are thousands of acres of land overflowing with nature’s bounty, waiting for them to come and take possession? If all this waste population could only be turned out to thrive and fatten, to grow light-hearted and joyous upon those rich unoccupied lands, what a blessed thing it would be. But they are not there—they are here, and they crowd, steaming and half-smothering into cellars and garrets, and live in destitution and distress.

Hundreds who are willing to work cannot get work, and they must beg, steal or starve. One poor widow in Brooklyn, two weeks before Christmas, went for three days without a single meal for herself and her five children! She had not been used to beg, but actual starvation drove her to it at last. This is but one case out of thousands.

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s Newspapers Collection. We can provide access to fully searchable newspapers by and for women including The Lily, The Revolution, and the National Citizen and Ballot Box.

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The Question of Negro Soldiers in the South

This rather fascinating editorial about the issues surrounding arming slaves to fight for the south appeared on February 18, 1865. As all know, it never came to anything like full fruition, but it is interesting to see thoughts on the topic at a time when the South was in desperate need of a game-changing solution.

The Question of Negro Soldiers

(Richmond, Virginia – February 18, 1865) The question of negro soldiers we consider as settled. Public opinion has definitely declared in favor of arming the negroes; the resolution introduced in the Virginia Legislature, giving the consent of the State to the measure, will pass, and may be followed, and should be, by instructions to Senators to vote for the measure and thus put the matter at rest.

As to giving the slaves their freedom, this should be the reward for faithful services, at the end of the war, if desired by the slaves. To some it may be a boon, a reward – others may not even desire freedom. Negroes are divided in opinion as to whether they would prefer freedom to slavery, but by all means leave the choice with them, let them decide the matter. We do not expect this reward to make soldiers of them; discipline only will do that. It must be a discipline differing, very much, from that which now holds together, with loosened bands, the armies of the Confederate States. It must be a discipline sharp, severe, exacting, which first teaches them their duty and them compels them to perform it. There never has been discipline in the armies of this Confederacy, but instead thereof a kind of universal suffrage, which fights when it chooses and straggles when it feels like it. All this must be changed with the negro troops; they have not the motives that compel the white man to this fight; they must be kept up to the mark by fear of punishment more than by hope of reward.

Part I of our Civil War collection, A Newspaper Perspective, contains articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865.
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Advice from Godey’s Lady’s Book

Godey’s Lady’s Book was intended to entertain, inform and educate the women of America. In addition to extensive fashion descriptions and plates, the early issues included biographical sketches, articles about handcrafts, female costume, the dance, equestrienne procedures, health and hygiene, recipes and remedies and the like.

Over time, the magazine matured into an important literary magazine containing extensive book reviews and works by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and many other celebrated 19th century authors who regularly furnished the magazine with essays, poetry and short stories.

Between the stories and longer articles, Godey’s always included short items like the ones shown here.

THE CULTIVATION OF TASTE

No matter in what form the cultivation of taste may manifest itself — in paintings and sculptures, in the analysis of scenery, in the grouping of flowers, in the embellishment of window or the mantel, in the cultivation of criticism, and the appreciation of the true and beautiful in art generally — refinement of manners, kindliness of feelings, and a deeper devotion of religion will be its sure attendants.

ENCOURAGEMENT

There will always be enough in the events which befall us to relax the spring of our resolutions, and to moderate our best aims. Why should we enervate one another by silence when we should speak, by disparagement when we should praise, by shaking of the head when we should be patting on the shoulder, by gloomy vaticinations when we should incite to enterprise, by platitudinizing about the vanity of all things human when we should be stimulating generous and noble motives? There is not too great an exuberance of life in any of us, albeit where there is most, it may be ill-regulated or unwisely directed — and the influence which systematically lowers the action of life can only be mischievous. Brightness is health-giving as well as pleasant, and whatever imparts an impulse to the current of hope and gladness in our soul tends to make them more like, or more likely to come, what they should be.

Godey’s Lady’s Book— Louis Antoine Godey began publishing Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1830. He designed his monthly magazine specifically to attract the growing audience of literate American women. The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America.
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