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Inside the Archives – Spring 2017 – Volume VI Number 2

Spring 2017
Volume VI. Number 2.

Welcome to Spring 2017!
We hope your academic year wrap-up is going well!

2017 is another great year at Accessible Archives!  We have added new content to our African American Newspapers and Women’s Suffrage Collection, and have inaugurated a new series entitled America and World War I. Our acclaimed American County Histories database is growing monthly.

We are also expanding our Newsletter to discuss issues of relevant interest to the Library Community written by Library industry practitioners! This month we will broach the topic of Fake News and Information Literacy with our guest writer, Jill O’Neill.

Information Literacy: Applying the CRAPP Test to Historical Accounts

Propaganda. Misinformation. Fake News.
Such characterizations suggest an intent on the part of a writer or reporter to influence an unseen reader’s interpretation of the information being presented. A library’s historical archive can hold numerous contemporary accounts of an event that might readily be viewed as propaganda or “fake news” by a later generation of readers. One narrative may present the event in vocabulary with a particular appeal for its readers while another may appear to offer specifics without supporting corroborative materials. From the perspective of a scholar or specialist, the study of such multiple and varying accounts offers the opportunity to more deeply grasp the underlying attitudes of one particular group set in conflict with another.

However, when less-experienced users encounter the same conflicting accounts in an information resource such as Accessible Archives, they may be taken aback. How can the multiplicity of the accounts (frequently conflicting) be useful? How can one recognize the factual material and set it apart from the expression of opinion or deliberate attempt to mislead? It’s easy for individuals to overlook substantive reporting because of the distractions presented by “fake news” or other forms of misinformation encountered daily. Mastering the research process as part of an assigned paper or project enables students to develop those information literacy skills required in evaluating any primary content for reliability and bias.

The CRAAP test (developed by the Meriam Library, California State University – Chico) provides many of the touchstones that readers must use in building their research skills as well as their awareness of what might constitute “fake news”.  CRAAP is an acronym for specific criteria that are useful in evaluating a document. The “C” is for currency, the “R” for relevancy, the double occurrence of “A” is for accuracy and authority while the final “P” stands for Purpose (whether to inform, persuade, sell, entertain, etc.).

Depending upon the target audience, it can sometimes be easier to identify issues of bias or authoritativeness by looking at an historical event (distanced from immediate emotional response) and how that event was covered or presented in then-contemporary accounts rather than trying to sift through more immediate events burdened with unexamined or unconscious attitudes.

Allowing a less-experienced user to explore digital images and collections of historical data such as those found in Accessible Archives may cause that individual to employ (and unconsciously absorb) the habit of applying those CRAAP criteria. Reading contemporary accounts written by private individuals regarding public events or in response to coverage appearing in newspapers of the time can illuminate how best to consider conflicting views of those events. An account may indeed reveal bias while still making it clear how the author felt about the information being presented. Again, is the purpose of the presentation to inform the reader about an event or to influence the reader’s perception of the event? Bias may be present in a document, but the document may still be a valid source of information.

Jill O’Neill is the Educational Programs Manager for the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). She has been an active member of the information community for thirty years, most recently managing the professional development programs for NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services). Her publishing expertise was gained working for such prominent content providers as Elsevier, the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI, now Clarivate Analytics), and John Wiley & Sons. Jill writes for a diverse set of publications, including Information Today and the Scholarly Kitchen blog.
Jill O’Neill

What might be such an example?
Because it was the first illustrated weekly in America, Frank Leslie’s Weekly is a source readily encountered in many reference collections covering the nineteenth century, and it is just one source of many included in Accessible Archives’ collections. Searching for information about conditions in Civil War prison camps, a student might easily encounter an article from that periodical noting differences between conditions in the Confederate prison camp at Andersonville (built in early 1864), and those in prison camps in the North. One such account found in the October 8, 1864 issue of the newspaper contains specifics about the daily rations issued to imprisoned Confederate soldiers, information that may be verified through other sources such as public records.  The news item admits that this is less than the daily ration provided to Union soldiers but finds that justifiable given that the prisoners “really do no hard work”.  That phrase might signal to the reader a slight hint of biased reporting or propaganda, but more obviously subsequent paragraphs make clear the reporter’s view that the Northern prison camps clearly maintained superior conditions and treatment to those existing in Southern camps:

But notice the petty annoyances, the absence of provisions for cleanliness and comfort, the pillaging of boxes sent from the North, the heartless insults of the guards…How does the management of a Southern prison contrast with that of a Northern? In the one the unhappy inmates are treated as brutes—in the other as men.

The last line clearly makes the claim that the Northern prison camp was more enlightened in its care of prisoners than those on the Southern side. The final paragraph of the article states authoritatively that the Confederate prisoners in the Northern prison camps received better medical care than did many of the poor in Northern cities.

Clearly, the purpose of the article was to inform Leslie’s readers of conditions in the prison camps, but in present-day thinking the article can justifiably be characterized as propaganda, intended to persuade a Northern audience of readers of the moral superiority of its behaviors. The accuracy of the itemized ration list may be verified through public records elsewhere as corroborated fact, but the language of subsequent paragraphs establishes a case for bias.

And just as we discuss/explain with regard to click-bait headlines and “fake news” in modern media, the commercial success of this 19th century newspaper depended on attracting the attention of subscribers to its coverage of current controversies associated with the war.

How might a more niche-oriented newspaper of the time have presented conditions in Civil War prison camps? A search of The Christian Recorder found in Accessible Archives’ African American Newspapers brings up a clip regarding such camps located in Texas. Published in 1865, an article notes that conditions in the Texas camps are better than those at Andersonville, that prisoners had plenty to eat and drink, “but though well treated, our men took every opportunity to gain the liberty for which they naturally yearned”. There is a brief reference to attempts made at tunneling under stockades surrounding both Southern and Northern camps, while one escaped prisoner from a Texas camp writes of the ordinary farm cart used to smuggle out 300 prisoners during a two-week period. The language in this article (relatively contemporaneous with that of the Leslie’s Weekly piece) overall presents a more moderate tone about prisoner treatment without specifying as much detail as the Leslie article. It offers the reader an opportunity to consider or question why that might be the case.

As would have been common in newspapers of the time, neither article carries a byline of the reporter responsible for the account. However, the appearance of such a story in a recognized newspaper publication might mean that the information contained therein would be automatically accepted as both authoritative and accurate.

Why would The Christian Recorders account of prisoner treatment (written a year later than the account appearing in Frank Leslie’s Weekly) express little or no outrage, instead focusing on means of escape? Was it due to the currency of the report? Had the furor over conditions at Andersonville already died down? (Unlikely. Captain Henry Wirz, responsible for prisoner welfare at Andersonville, was tried in a well-publicized military tribunal in 1865 and subsequently hung.) Was the relevance to a Texan population less immediate? Would hostility about the War and associated events linger or would it dissipate over time?

Perhaps not immediately. Among materials in the Accessible Archives’ collection, Reconstruction of Southern States: Pamphlets, we find the name of Andersonville grouped with the casualties buried in Arlington as well as those buried in Gettysburg: “Alas! we cannot give our thanks to the gallant dead. Three hundred thousand torn by shot or shell or bayonet, or destroyed by disease, ‘sleep the sleep that knows no waking’ at Arlington, Andersonville, Gettysburg, and on the soil of a hundred battle-fields.”  Such rhetoric is purposely intended to persuade, perhaps to inflame. Any characterization from Frank Leslie’s Weekly suddenly looks quite mild and reasonable.

Turning to a fourth Accessible Archives collection, American County Histories provides a third perspective on the impact of experiencing the Andersonville prison. Pulling up a page from The History of Centre and Clinton Counties in Pennsylvania, the reader is provided with a succinct description of the loss of one of Pennsylvania’s citizens – William Corbin, captured on picket duty in July of 1863, died at Andersonville, Georgia in August of 1864. Another citizen, Andrew Yeager, captured in May of 1864 similarly died in Andersonville.  In the History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania (also contained in American County Histories) the reader is faced with this account:

Capts. Binner and Freeman, Lieuts. Beegle and Heppard, and Adjt. Longenecker, less fortunate, were apprehended and returned to captivity. The enlisted men were closely held in that dreadful, ever to be remembered prison-pen, Andersonville, until the latter part of the summer of 1864, when a part of them were taken to Millen, and a few to Savannah, where some were exchanged. With the exception of a few retained at Andersonville, and who were afterward sent north by way of the Mississippi river, nearly all met at Florence, South Carolina, and were exchanged in the spring of 1865, at Wilmington, North Carolina, and sent to Annapolis, Maryland, in ocean transports. In a word, all who survived were exchanged in March, 1865; but before that time, more than half of those captured at Plymouth had died, or in other words had been maltreated and starved to death.

Published in 1884, that record still conveys bitter resentment of those deaths.

Even a short excursion into the many collections contained within Accessible Archives can reveal the parallel between the sensational coverage of the nineteenth century with the sensationalism that fuels “fake news” in the 21st century. The capability for identifying in newspapers – whether those of the 19th century or the 21st century — the currency of the information being published, the relevancy and accuracy of that information, the authority of the sources on which the report relies, and the purpose behind the crafting of its presentation is not a literacy skill to be lightly dismissed.

Every information resource may be used to develop and practice that skill. Accessible Archives offers numerous avenues of approach to train it into a rising population of workers constantly in touch with the flow of information.

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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 and subscribe here:  Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/accessiblearchives and Twitter at https://twitter.com/accessarchives

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.

Great News! New MARC Records Are Available!

MARC records are now available for our new collections and more states in American County Histories! These include: African American Newspapers, Part XIII: The Freedmen’s Record and The Negro Business League Herald; America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers; and Women’s Suffrage, Part IV: The New Citizen and Western Woman Voter, and Part V: The Remonstrance. The records are provided in two ways – as complete sets and as only new 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 institution’s Accessible Archives Administrators/Account Information Page. The images for all of the content in the new products is now available and can be viewed in the Browse the Archives page. We are adding the XML and re-keyed text for complete searchability of these products monthly!

American County Histories Continues to Grow!

Three More States and the District of Columbia Have Been Completed!
More Being Added Monthly!

Accessible Archives continues to add new content to our acclaimed American County Histories database. The District of Columbia, Florida, Montana, and Nevada are the latest states to be completed in their entirety, with more to come. Stay tuned for monthly content updates.  For more information on Accessible Archives’ American County Histories.

We have also added additional MARC records for the following states: Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin.

New Open-Access Collection! Reconstruction of Southern States: Pamphlets

The Reconstruction of Southern States: Pamphlets joins our open-access collections. This collection provides unique insights into the Reconstruction Era in American history. Reconstruction encompassed three major initiatives: restoration of the Union, transformation of Southern society, and enactment of progressive legislation favoring the rights of freed slaves.

This collection provides an assortment of representative pamphlets that highlight these initiatives.  They were collected by the Department of State Library and comprise speeches, debates, political statements, legislative bills, and more. These pamphlets range in date from 1865 to 1869 and 1877.

Achieving Higher Customer Satisfaction Is Our Goal at Accessible Archives

“…I remain an appreciative customer of Accessible Archives…” -Jack Robertson, Fiske and Marie Kimball Librarian, Jefferson Library at Monticello

“The resources you have are very helpful! I just wanted to thank you and thought you should know how useful it is as it’s made collecting information a lot easier.” -Debbie Reynolds, Teacher, The After School Center

“Dear Accessible Archives, I am so thrilled that Indiana University has added access to Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly through Accessible Archives. I’ve been waiting for this for years, and I am already eager to begin using this material in my scholarly publications right away.” -Melody Barnett Deusner, Assistant Professor of Art History, Indiana University, Bloomington

New Webinars Are Coming! Stay Tuned!

  • Text and Data Mining: The New Gold Rush – Early June – Explores 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.
  • Using Your Discovery Services – October 3, 2017 – Discovery services have become a critical component within most academic libraries, playing a vital role in the effort to showcase the value of a library’s collection and changing the way resources are searched.  This webinar will be hosted by Sarah Joy Arnold, Instructional Technology Librarian, User Experience Department, UNC Chapel Hill Libraries, and Scott Anderson, Information Systems Librarian, Millersville University. They will provide valuable insights into the various discovery services — how they help researchers discover content that might be otherwise missed while improving a library’s return on investment.
  • What is COUNTER? – Fall 2017 – 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.

African American Newspapers Collection: The Freedmen’s Record

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

The New England Freedmen’s Aid Society published the Freedmen’s Record in an effort to expose the conditions of Freedmen to the Northern public and promote charitable contributions for use in the Society’s Freedmen’s programs and to fund relief efforts in the postwar South.

Activities included the collection and distribution of food and clothing; monetary support; creating hospitals and temporary camps; the location of family members; collecting text books and building schools; the provision of legal representation; and alerting local and regional governments about various racial confrontations, including discrimination and voter intimidation.

Upcoming Conference Events

Will you be at ALA in Chicago? Lots of new and exciting things are going on at Accessible Archives and we would love to get together and share the news. We’ll be in booth #1713. Let us know and we will make a date!

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Inside the Archives – Winter 2017 – Volume VI Number 1

Winter 2017
Volume VI. Number 1.

Happy New Year! Welcome to the Winter 2017 edition!

2017 is starting off to be another great year for Accessible Archives and you. Accessible Archives continues its commitment to enhancing the user experience and content of our digital collections.

We will be rolling out several new products in the next few months. In addition, we have completed more states in our landmark American County Histories program. To ensure our customers are receiving a complete picture of their usage data, Accessible Archives has commissioned a new COUNTER compliant report from our COUNTER vendor, Scholarly iQ. (more…)


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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
Archeology
Associations
Banking
Buildings & Construction
Celebrations
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 http://www.mcny.org/nyatitscore

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

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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.

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Inside the Archives – Summer 2016 – Volume V Number 3

Inside the Archives

Summer 2016
Volume V. Number 3.

Welcome to the Summer 2016 edition!  We hope you have enjoyed the downtime!

The new school year is about to begin!

2016 continues to be a great year for Accessible Archives and You! Just in time for the new school year, Accessible Archives is pleased to announce the release of our new faceted search page – see the details below! Accessible Archives is committed to enhancing the user experience and searchability of our databases. (more…)


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.

Search Enhancements - Figure 1

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.

Search Enhancements - Figure 2

Search Enhancements – Figure 2

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

Search Enhancements - Figure 3

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,  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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