Part VI: Central States and Part VII: Midwest
States Available Soon
Malvern, PA (January 27, 2015) – Accessible Archives, Inc.®, an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, has announced the expansion of its American County Histories collection. The addition of the Central and Midwest regions will further the massive undertaking that began with the Mid-Atlantic states and now encompasses the New England, Southeast, Southwest and West regional collections. Included Central states are Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Midwest covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Published primarily between 1870 and 1923, county histories are a cornerstone of local historical and genealogical research. They provide historians and genealogists with regional overviews and general community conditions. Ancestor research often yields collateral information about neighbors, friends and associates. Additional areas include government, medical and legal professions, churches, industries, schools, fire departments, cemeteries, transportation, and local and regional geological conditions. For an overview of non-traditional uses and original sources, please see our whitepaper on the topic.
As with all Accessible Archives databases these volumes will be carefully imaged and each article keyed and XML-tagged rather than using dirty OCR. Instead of plowing through as many as 50 separate sites with untagged images and multiple formats the user can search not just the only site with nationwide coverage in a unified manner, but is able to cross search through multiple related databases, as well.
Tom Nagy, COO of Accessible Archives, commented, “We’re very proud and, frankly, quite relieved to be nearing the end of this commitment. County histories are used on a daily basis in many libraries, but leafing through the individual volumes is a time-consuming effort. As the foremost digitized source for nationwide coverage of county histories we are gratified to be able to aid users as they conduct searches across a county, a state or the entire country in a matter of minutes rather than hours, days or weeks.”
In its role as exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, Unlimited Priorities LLC® helped expedite this project by providing technical and production assistance and product development while also arranging multiple license agreements and sourcing all content.
About Accessible Archives, Inc.
Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Accessible Archives has retained Unlimited Priorities LLC as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.
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