Friends of the Indians Convention 1861

Friends of the Indians Convention of 1861

(Boston, February 27, 1861) In accordance with a general call, the Friends of the Indians met in Allston Hall, Boston, on the 26th of February. Father Beeson was chosen Chairman, and Richard Thayer, Secretary.

The Chairman opened the meeting by offering for consideration the following resolutions:

  • 1st Resolve: There is no law of nature or of necessity by which the Indians pariah before the march of civilization.
  • 2nd Resolve: That the Indians are capable of attaining the arts of civilized life.
  • 3nd Resolve: That the interact and honor of the American people are deeply involved in the civilization and protection of the Indian race.
  • 4th Resolve: That peace commissioners, of well-selected person, should be sent to every tribe in our States and Territories, to ascertain the nature and extent of existing difficulties, with a view to a final settlement in accordance with sanity and justice.
  • 6th Resolve: That a committee be appointed to apply to the proper department at Washington for authority and means to carry out the foregoing.

He remarked that it is commonly said that, with the disappearance of the forest and the buffalo, the Indian fades away from the land, and that so common is this idea that it seems stereotyped in the minds of all classes of society. We are told that there is a fixed law of nature, established by God himself, that the Indian shall perish before the march at civilization, and that the strong will overpower the weak, the big fish devour the smaller, and that we see this law in force throughout all nature.

William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator was a weekly abolitionist newspaper published in Boston. The paper held true to the founder’s ideals. Garrison was a journalistic crusader who advocated the immediate emancipation of all slaves and gained a national reputation for being one of the most radical of American abolitionists.

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Inside the Archives – Autumn 2017 – Volume VI Number 4

Autumn 2017
Volume VI. Number 4.

Hey, it’s that time again, time to catch you up on the latest doings at Accessible Archives. The information in this edition of our newsletter is critical as it’s all about saving you money! So let’s get started.


Hold that Price

Accessible Archives’ approach to our permanent access customers always has been to provide top quality data at an affordable price. As a “differentiator” our policy is to capture images at the highest resolution while re-keying and XML-TEI Lite tagging the text, as opposed to using dirty OCR. And we’ve been able to maintain a degree of flexibility in working out the most advantageous manner in aiding libraries interested in acquiring our collections, including the fact that our modest annual maintenance fee covers all of our databases to which a library has permanent access.

Like you, we’re aware of the many problems facing our country and the rest of the world – floods, hurricanes (a hurricane in Ireland??? What’s that all about!!!), forest fires, volcanos, terrorism. Any of them could have a negative effect on the information community. We can’t solve these, but we can offer you a small ray of sunshine. In the spirit of our collaborative policies we have made the decision to hold the line on pricing for 2018. That means no increase in cost for permanent access to our databases, for our subscriptions, and even for our maintenance fee. So now you can lock in one small part of your budget for 2018.  Hurrah!

And Then, There’s a Sale!

We’re excited about our progress with our American County Histories collection, and want to share that excitement with you by announcing a SPECIAL SALE! The purchase of any portion of American County Histories earns a 25% discount. And if you are attending the Charleston Conference and visit us at Table #32 we’ll take an additional 10% off (if you’re NOT attending simply mention the conference and you’ll still get the extra 10%!).

What Else is Going on?

2017 continues to be a busy year at Accessible Archives – a new webinar in November, monthly content updates, exhibiting at the Charleston Conference, and more!  We are moving closer to the completion of our American County Histories and America and World War I collections!

Our Senior Research Editor, Jill O’Neill, has composed a very informative White Paper on American County Histories. It provides insights into the variety of uses of county histories – personal, historical, and cultural, sample use cases, and accessibility. –Check out the White Paper below!

Accessible Archives has become a full member of the COUNTER Project and is moving forward with the implementation of Release 5. See full information later in this newsletter.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to contribute or have an article suggestion for the Accessible Archives Newsletter. Keeping you informed is our goal!

American County Histories: A Unique Research Resource

County histories — publications that document and commemorate a specific region — represent a valuable information resource for patrons. They may be useful to the scholar chasing down a familial relationship for a particular historical figure, to the student researching an educational assignment, to the local authority seeking awareness of a particular population’s points of pride, need and understanding.

Those studying a local region have a broad diversity of available information resources. These may be found on the open web, as part of a university’s special collections, or via commercial services. The issue is not whether the user will find something useful, but rather how best he or she can tap into the specific resource best suited to task requirements.

Because so much information exists in both print and digital formats, examples of useful information resources are included here to provide a better understanding of the range of available materials. It is important that each be considered for appropriateness to the specific needs of the user, whether performing casual or scholarly investigation. That appropriateness may be determined through a sense of the scope of materials included in the resource, the available formats and the functional support for use (such as discovery, search and retrieval).

Download the Whitepaper

Accessible Archives Announces COUNTER Membership – Implements Release 5 of COUNTER

Accessible Archives, 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.  Learn more here.

Check Out Our Open-Access E-Books and Databases!

Achieving Higher Customer Satisfaction Is Our Goal at Accessible Archives

“UNC libraries and their users consider Accessible Archives products to be important e-resources for supporting research in African American studies and on the history of the American South and, as a consequence, consistently have made their acquisition a priority.”

-Luke Swindler, Coordinator of General Collections,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

 “…all of you have been so great to work with. I just created a Sushi account, could not have been easier with your instructions.  Thanks!”

-Alice Eng, Electronic Resources
Librarian, Wake Forest University

 “I was talking to the Library Director here at Sewanee this morning, and telling her how much we love your database and knew that they used it as well.”

-Gentry Holbert, Director, Library &
Instructional Resources, Spring Hill College

 “…I remain an appreciative customer of Accessible Archives…”

 -Jack Robertson, Fiske and Marie Kimball
Librarian, Jefferson Library at Monticello


Upcoming Conference Events

Will you be at the Charleston Conference? 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 at Table #32. Let us know and we will make a date!

Charleston Gaillard Center - Table #32

Charleston Gaillard Center – Table #32

Will you attend ALA Midwinter in Denver February 9-12, 2018?  We would love to get together with you!  We are in booth #2209. Let us know and we will make a date!

Colorado Convention Center – Halls A-C - Booth #2209

Colorado Convention Center – Halls A-C – Booth #2209

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The Right of Boycott (1913)

The boycott is the most ancient and most universal form of social control. The ostracism of the Greeks, the “interdicting from fire and water” of the Romans, “outlawry” in the Middle Ages, all are examples of the principle of the boycott. The Secession of the Plebians to the Sacred Mount to bring the Roman patricians to terms, the Irish boycott of the agents of English landlords, the ostracism visited upon Benedict Arnold, and Oscar Wilde, the recent Chinese boycott of American goods are but historic incidents of social control through “letting alone”—through withdrawal of fellowship.

A few years ago an editor in Everett, Washington, was tried for murder and acquitted, but his fellow citizens did not acquit him. All support was withdrawn from his business; all social recognition was denied him, he was obliged to leave the city.

But recently an Indian in Alaska, having killed in drunken anger, so roused the indignation of his fellow tribesmen that no one would speak to him, no one would hunt with him, no one would share with him either food or shelter. He was forced to seek another tribe to take him in. This was an almost universal form of punishment in the Middle Ages.

In American colleges the principle of boycott has been employed to raise the standard of honor. Ten years ago, in the Medical School at Ann Arbor, a young fellow was caught cheating on examination. He was completely ostracized. None of his college mates would speak to him, no one noticed him, no one would sit at table with him. He would go to the boarding house, throw himself on the sofa in the parlor which was immediately emptied when he entered. He stood it six weeks and then left. The boycott may be very cruel. It cannot fail to be effective.

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 Way to Break Down a Political Party

The Way to Break Down a Political Party (1847)

There is no surer method of destroying a political party than that of keeping it by any sort of management from freely expressing and following out its opinions. The strength of a party lies in the earnestness and sincerity with which its doctrines are maintained, and the energy of impulse by which it seeks to reduce them to practice. Strip it of these, and you divest it of what constitutes its life. No party, which is muzzled by the arts of those who seek to act as its leaders, can have any moral force in the community. It has then no enthusiasm, no enterprise, no energy.

The successful attempt of the Conservatives and their allies in the Syracuse Convention to prevent an expression of the views entertained by an immense majority of the Democratic party in this State, concerning one of the great political questions of the day, that question which the Southern Statesmen declare to be “paramount to all others,” was an act of the grossest treachery, even in a mere party view. It was an attempt to wrest from the people of the Democratic party one of their great and cherished purposes, and unless something is done to retrieve the consequences of that step, will leave us utterly weak, defenceless, and a prey to our political adversaries.

National Anti-Slavery Standard was the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society, an abolitionist society founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and Arthur Tappan to spread their movement across the nation with printed materials. Frederick Douglass was a key leader of this society and often addressed meetings at its New York City headquarters.

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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.


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