Join us at ALA Annual 2015!

AC15_WereExhibitingWe hope to see you in the exhibit hall at ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco later this month.  You can find us in the Exhibit Hall at booth number 2107 in the Moscone Center’s South Hall  near the Post Office and the What’s Cooking @ ALA Stage.

With hundreds of exhibiting organizations and stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the exhibit floor is an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking that takes place at the conference. The Exhibit Hall offers you the opportunity to explore and discuss with expert vendors the breadth and depth of new and favorite library products, services, books, online services, tools, and technologies.

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Inside the Archives

Inside the Archives – Autumn 2016 – Volume V Number 4

Autumn 2016
Volume V. Number 4.

Welcome to the Autumn 2016 edition!  The new school year is in full swing!

2016 continues to be a great year for Accessible Archives and You. Just in time for the new school year, Accessible Archives has released our new faceted search page and increased content for the American County Histories. Accessible Archives continues its commitment to enhancing the user experience and content of our digital collections.

Accessible Archives’ New Content This Fall

New Content for American County Histories

American County HistoriesAccessible Archives continues to add new content to our acclaimed American County Histories database. Among those states with recently expanded holdings are Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, California, with more states to follow. Stay tuned for monthly content updates.

County histories have long formed the cornerstone of local and regional historical and genealogical research. Encyclopedic in scope and virtually limitless in their research possibilities, they provide a wealth of information for students and researchers of all types, as well as for general interest readers. The variety of topics covered in American County Histories include:

Aboriginal Populations
Buildings & Construction
Community Development Programs
Crime Statistics
Educational Programs
Entertainment and the Arts
Ethnic History
Geological Descriptions
Growth of the Press
Health and Vital Statistics
Native Flora & Fauna
Participation in Revolutionary & Civil Wars
Photographs of Individuals and Events
Political Events & Elections
Population Shifts
Religious Trends and Migrations
Settlement Patterns
Transportation Systems
Urban/Rural Migration
Weather Patterns

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county through a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter. The Table of Contents is hyperlinked to each chapter as well as to each individual illustration. The user can select a particular graphic from the List of Illustrations and proceed immediately to it by clicking on the highlighted text.

Learn more at Accessible Archives’ American County Histories.

Fall Special on Accessible Archives Collections Coming!

Accessible Archives will be offering one of our best sales of the year soon! Check out the Accessible Archives’ Collections for details on our primary source collections and start your list now. Stay tuned!

Accessible Archives Is Pleased to Support the “New York at Its Core” Exhibition

NEW YORK AT ITS CORE“Five years in the making, “New York at Its Core” presents the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” a preeminent global city now facing the future in a changing world. The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over.” Check out the exhibition beginning November 18, 2016 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street). Follow the progress of the exhibition at

Accessible Archives is providing the Museum of the City of New York with material from our National Anti-Slavery Standard database for use in the exhibition. The image from March 3, 1855, highlights Caroline Steadman’s experience.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, 1855-1922
Frank Leslie’s WeeklyIn 1855, Frank Leslie founded Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, America’s first weekly illustrated newspaper. Because news illustrations were novel to journalism in America, they intrigued the public and stimulated sales of Frank Leslie’s papers. News stories were illustrated within a couple of weeks of their occurrence, and in addition to news there were features on music, the stage, fine arts, sports, and literature, including serial fiction. No other publisher could match Leslie’s speed of production, and so he captured a market of both barely literate readers, who appreciated having the news presented in pictures, and more sophisticated subscribers, who appreciated his coverage of the arts and sports.

Have You Subscribed to the Accessible Archives’ Blog Yet?

The blog provides a unique look into the diverse 18th and 19th Century collections at Accessible Archives. Blog topics range from political discourses of the time, specific events occurring during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, social and cultural issues from Godey’s Lady’s Book and other publications, to slavery and abolition. Frank Leslie’s Weekly provides insights into a variety of unique topics beyond these time periods, including sports, the arts, and persons and events of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

These unique nuggets of information open up the rare primary source newspapers, periodicals and print collections essential for teaching and researching the history of America. Check out our latest posts.

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century
Frederick DouglassThese African American newspapers provide important original source material—written by African-Americans for African-Americans—readily available for research and fresh interpretation by historians, sociologists, educators and students. They contain a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s, rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day including slavery and abolition, presidential and congressional addresses, business and commodity markets, the Mexican War, society and culture, religion, and more.

These Webinars are coming!

Frank Leslie’s Weekly (November)

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. By unlocking the immediate past scholars can better understand the events leading to our present day concerns and issues.

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century (December)

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 as they related to the African American community.

Did You Know That Accessible Archives Provides Open Access Publications?

Accessible Archives has digitized for open access three seminal works on 19th century America.

  • The first book, Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, written by Sarah H. Bradford, covers the life of the African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy from before the American Civil War until her death.
  • The second book, Twelve Years A Slave, is Solomon Northup’s first-hand account of how fugitive slave laws allowed African Americans who could not prove their free status to be taken into slavery, and how this affected his own life.
  • The third book, History of Woman Suffrage – Volume III, was edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage. This history of the American women’s suffrage movement is a major source for primary documentation about the movement from its beginnings through the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

In addition, we have made available via open access, two database publications essential to the study of Pennsylvania genealogy, industrialization, and 18th and 19th century American history:

  • The Pennsylvania Newspaper Record documents the move to industrialization from a predominantly agrarian culture established by Quaker farmers in the 18th century. The collection contains full-text transcriptions of articles, advertisements and vital statistics, providing insight into technology, business activity and material culture in a down-river milling and manufacturing community at the height of the Industrial Revolution.
  • The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue is primarily a listing of marriages, deaths and obituaries from six local newspapers published in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Users will also find information about emigration patterns, customs and traditions, important events, medical history, biographical data, and more within this collection.

Achieving Higher Customer Satisfaction is Our Goal at Accessible Archives

Liberty University“I really appreciate your quick response and timely resolution on this.  I deal with a lot of our electronic content vendors when problems arise, and your team’s support is head and shoulders above the rest! Thanks again.”

— Angie Thompson ’08, Cataloging Assistant, Jerry Falwell Library, Liberty University

Newspapers of Colonial America
colonial-newspapersAccessible Archives makes an essential set of newspapers available in an easy-to-use online research and teaching tool designed to assist scholars and students on all levels achieve faster and easier access to world class resources. Comprising the Pennsylvania Gazette, South Carolina Newspapers, and the Virginia Gazette, these newspapers provide unique first-hand stories and news reports on life in Colonial America, including politics, society and culture, economics and trade, agriculture, religious activities, events in Europe, relations with Native Americans, military activities, including the French and Indian War, and culminating in the American Revolution.

Discovery Services and Accessible Archives Are A Match!

Many of you may have taken advantage of some of Accessible Archives’ free services.  This month we are pleased to remind our customers that we currently have strategic alliances with EBSCO Discovery Service, ExLibris Primo Central, OCLC WorldCat, and ProQuest Summon.

Discovery ServicesThese Discovery services help you to maximize the value and usefulness of your Accessible Archives databases. They can increase the value of your library by delivering a rich research experience that increases usage of these collections while strengthening your library’s role in meeting user expectations.

Upcoming Conference Events

Charleston ConferenceFrancis Marion Hotel, Table #19

ALA Atlanta Midwinter
Georgia World Congress Center, Booth #1249

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President Grant’s “Era of Silence”

In this day and age, every word and every sound bite from a President is captured and re-circulated through social media, broadcast and online news reports, and in print.

Today’s president has a substantial communications staff. They create, manage, and collect all sorts of information. This staff impacts public perception of the president, his policies, and his administration. One may ask if this is a 20th century phenomenon or if this has always been case?

In looking back at presidents in the 19th Century, their utterances were captured by journalists and printed by a variety of newspapers, illustrated weeklies, and political ephemera. But dissemination was spotty. Not until the telegraph did news reports span the nation quickly enough to really impact a president or campaign.

The article below, from Frank Leslie’s Weekly discusses the beginning of President Grant’s administration and his decision to pursue an “era of silence.”

This article is one of many that can be found in Frank Leslie’s Weekly on politics, politicians, election campaigns, congressional issues, and even the president’s thoughts and musings (or lack thereof).  Political cartoons, drawings, and eventually photographs were essential in conveying views on specific issues and politicians to the partially literate and illiterate public.

The Era of Silence.

President Ulysses S. Grant

President Ulysses S. Grant

It is generally supposed that under the coming administration of President Grant there will be a great change in the conduct of public affairs, and we are not sure but that there are good grounds for such a belief. Already in the debates in Congress we see a shadow of coming events, and if the rising sun has so much power, what may we not expect from its meridian splendor? The plaintive pleadings of the Danish Minister that we should exchange dollars, of which we have too few, for land which he has to spare, but of which we have quite enough, fall on ears deaf to the voice of the charmer. The more robust and potent influences of the managers of railway schemes fail to extort from Congress enormous grants of the people’s lands for their own sordid purposes. Everywhere there are signs that greed, peculation, and corruption are vanishing before the advent of an able and purified government, and the people rejoice and take courage.

It would be exaggerating the influence of the Presidential office to say that the personal habits of our Presidents have made any impression, even of a transient kind, on the people of their times. Even the intense individuality of Andrew Jackson failed to leave a mark on his generation, and a few terse phrases, familiar to everyone, are all that survive of that fiery character. It will not be held by any one acquainted with the true spirit of our republican institutions that the deficiency we allude to ought, in any respect, to detract from the veneration due to the characters of a long line of illustrious Presidents. It may be, indeed, that the possession of any strongly marked peculiarity of character, or even of dress, or of speech, would be fatal to the hopes of an aspirant to the Presidency, and we will not dispute the justice of the popular belief, that the qualities of mind and heart required in a President are incompatible with the existence of those distinctive traits by which men of inferior mental and moral calibre seek to attract to themselves the attention of the public.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, published from 1855 to 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.

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Woman’s Great Needs in The Lily, October 1856

This essay by Mrs. E. P. F. B. of Michigan appeared in the October 1856 issue of The Lily.

Published in Seneca Falls, New York and priced at 50 cents a year, The Lily began as a temperance journal for “home distribution” among members of the Seneca Falls Ladies Temperance Society. Although women’s exclusion from membership in temperance societies and other reform activities was the main force behind the The Lily, it was not initially a radical paper.

The editor, Amelia Bloomer, was greatly influenced by Stanton and gradually became a convert to the cause of women’s rights. She also became interested in dress reform, advocating that women wear the outfit that came to be known as the “Bloomer costume.”

Woman’s Great Needs

A self-sustaining Independence is the great good which is to emancipate woman — mental, moral, physical independence. She must assert her right to self, that God-given right which it is a blasphemy to desecrate. Until she respects this right, and successfully defends it, she will be the humble victim of abused power — a hopeless, helpless slave.

We talk of purity? There can be no purity without freedom. We may have a forced chastity — a forced purity never.

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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History of Adair County

A Look Inside the History of Adair County, Missouri

County histories have long formed the cornerstone of local historical and genealogical research. Encyclopedic in scope and virtually limitless in their research possibilities, they provide a wealth of information for researchers of all types as well as for general interest readers.  Our American County Histories Collection is rapidly expanding to cover the early history of all fifty states.

Take a look inside this new volume added in October 2016. This is History of Adair County: Together with Reminiscences and Biographical Sketches by E. M. Violette, Professor of History, State Normal School, Kirksville, Mo.


As the title of this work suggests, the responsibility for its contents is divided. For Part First I alone am responsible; for the other parts, I am in no wise responsible, as they were composed and edited by other hands.

When asked by the Denslow History Company a year and a half ago to write an historical sketch of Adair County, I thought I appreciated somewhat the nature of the task, and consented to do it only after giving the matter some consideration. But I did not think it would entail as much labor as it actually has. I undertook it with the avowed intention of doing my best to make the History of Adair County somewhat different from the ordinary county histories. To do that meant a great deal of investigation which may never appear to the general reader as having ever been made. While carrying on some of my investigations I was frequently advised by different ones not to spend so much time upon them, and I was frequently told that the only readers of the book would be those whose biographical sketches constitute the last part and that they would be interested only in their own biographies. It may be that the historical part will attract very few, but whether that be the case or not, I have the personal satisfaction of having endeavored to do the work thoroughly all the way through.

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter.

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Slave quarters on a plantation, possibly in Beaufort, South Carolina

The Political Power of Slave Masters (1848)

This report appeared in Frederick Douglass’s The North Star on October 20, 1848.

In 1847, with Douglass and M.R. Delaney as editors, The North Star was established: “…It has long been our anxious wish to see, in this slave-holding, slave-trading, and negro-hating land, a printing-press and paper, permanently established, under the complete control and direction of the immediate victims of slavery and oppression…”

The Slave Power – Politically

It appeared by the last census, that the number of slaves in the U. States, was 2,487,113.

Estimating ten slaves to one master, there were only 248,711 slaveholders. Of the legal voters of the United States, the slaveholders are about as 1 to 20.

Three-fifths of 2,487,113, is 1,492,255, which divided by 70,680, the present ratio of representation, makes 21 – the exact number of members on the floor of the House of Representatives, in Congress, sent there, under Section 2d of the Constitution, to represent the Slave Power.

The Senate has a Veto on every law, and as one-half of that body are slaveholders, it follows, of course, that no law can be passed without their consent.

No bill has passed the Senate, nor a treaty been ratified, since the organization of the government, but by the votes of slaveholders.

Appointments are made by the President, with the consent of the Senate, and of course the slaveholders have, and always have had, a veto on every appointment.

In consequence of the peculiar apportionment of Presidential Electors among the States, and the operation of the rule of federal numbers, whereby, for the purpose of estimating the representative population, five slaves are counted as three white men, most extraordinary results are exhibited at every election for President .

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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