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Ball State University

ALA Midwinter 2013 Raffle Winner Announced

Malvern, PA (March 12, 2013) – Accessible Archives, Inc.©, a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced the winner of its raffle drawing conducted in the exhibit booth at the 2013 American Library Association Mid-Winter meeting in Seattle.

The Library at Ball State University of Muncie, Indiana is the drawing winner. The Library will receive a full one-year subscription to the Accessible Archives family of 18th and 19th century full-text searchable databases.

The winning card belonged to Hildegund M. Calvert, Ph.D., M.L.S., Head of Collections Development at the University’s libraries.

Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives COO said “We really appreciate the interest and enthusiasm shown by the librarians who visited our exhibit booth at ALA, and are pleased that Ball State University will have the opportunity to utilize our databases. We are looking forward to working with them during the upcoming academic year.


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Westward Ho!

We are happy to be adding a fourth section to our American County Histories collection.

This new section is called The West and will include Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

These large volumes, long a cornerstone of local historical and genealogical information. They are encyclopedic in scope and are priceless for their research possibilities. This section is an expansion the coverage already available for states in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast.

The West at a Glance

  • Alaska is divided into boroughs, not counties. Unlike county-equivalents in the other 49 states, boroughs do not cover the entire land area of the state. An area not part of any borough is referred to as the Unorganized Borough.
  • California counties are responsible for all elections, property-tax collection, maintenance of public records and local-level courts. They provide law enforcement to areas that are not within incorporated cities. One consolidated city–county is located in the state, San Francisco.
  • Colorado’s first Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Colorado convened on September 9, 1861 and established the seventeen original counties, the rest being added throughout the following years. The only combined City-County is Denver, created in 1902.
  • Hawaii, the only state made up entirely of islands, has five counties: Hawaii, Maui, Kalawao, Honolulu and Kauai. They enjoy somewhat greater status than many counties on the mainland as they are the only legally constituted government bodies below that of the state.
  • Idaho had four counties when it became a territory on July 4, 1863: Boise, Idaho, Nez Perce and Shoshone. By the time Idaho became a state 27 years later, there were 15 counties. The rest of the counties came into existence during the 30 years after Idaho became a state.
  • Montana became a territory in 1864. In 1865 the first legislature created the nine original counties. Additional Territorial counties were added between 1866 and 1888, Statehood counties (1889-1909) and Homestead Era counties (1910-1925).
  • Nevada. As of 1919 there were 17 counties in the state. In 1969 Ormsby County was dissolved and the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City was created by the Legislature in its place. While officially a consolidated municipality, for many purposes under state law Carson City is considered to be a county.
  • Oregon county names had diverse origins derived from Indian tribes, army generals, influential citizens such as U.S. senators and presidents, and prominent geographic sites, including rivers and mountains.
  • Utah’s original seven counties were established under the provisional State of Deseret in 1849. The first legislature re-created the original counties plus three more under territorial law. All other counties were established between 1854 and 1894 by the Utah Territorial Legislature except for Daggett and Duchesne created by popular vote and by gubernatorial proclamation after Utah became a state.
  • Washington’s first counties were created from unorganized territory in 1845. Eight were created by Oregon governments prior to the organization of Washington Territory. Most of the rest were created during Washington’s territorial period, and a few after Washington became a state.
  • Wyoming had already been divided into four counties at the time of its organization as the Wyoming Territory, at which time a portion of Utah and Idaho, extending from Montana to the Wyoming-Utah boundary, was annexed and named Uinta County. As the territory, and later the state, became settled, additional counties were carved from the original five.

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We Have Expanded Our Access Capabilities

We are proud to announce new upgrades that enhance access to our collections.




Accessible Archives has become fully compliant with Shibboleth®, an advanced networking consortium used by the 900-member UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research that provides a single solution for accessing online resources and services. Our UK customers are now able to access their current holdings via this standards-based, open source system. Accessible Archives thanks the University of Liverpool for agreeing to act as our test site for this enhancement, and for working with us to ensure that the system is successfully implemented and working properly.

Terry Bucknell, Electronic Resources Manager at the Sydney Jones Library, said, “As new Accessible Archives customers, we were pleased to be asked to be beta testers for their implementation of Shibboleth. We enjoyed helping them to iron out some glitches, and we’re delighted that by working together Accessible Archives will be able to provide easier off-campus access to their databases“. (more…)

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Michael Hait

Welcome Aboard Michael Hait

Michael Hait, CG, is a full-time genealogist, with over fifteen years of research experience across the United States, from Connecticut to Louisiana, Tennessee to South Dakota.

His professional specialties include Maryland research, African American genealogy, and records of the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Michael is a frequent contributor to genealogy magazines and journals, and a popular lecturer throughout the United States.

For more information on Michael’s available services, visit http://www.haitfamilyresearch.com.

You can also read his other blog “Planting the Seeds: Genealogy as a Profession” or follow Michael at @michaelhait on Twitter.

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We are Adding The Lily to our Database Collection

First Newspaper Published for Women

Malvern, PA (April 18, 2012) — Accessible Archives, Inc.®, a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced the imminent availability of The Lily, the first newspaper published for women in the United States.

The Lily takes its place as the ninth database compiled by Accessible Archives.  Under the editorship of Amelia Bloomer it was first published in Seneca Falls, New York 1849-1853, and later in Mount Vernon, Ohio 1854-1856, eventually attaining a national circulation of over 6,000.  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, which had formed in 1848.  It was not at first a radical paper, its editorial stance conforming to the emerging stereotype of women as “defenders of the home”.

While The Lily always maintained its focus on temperance – fillers often told horror stories about the effects of alcohol – the newspaper soon began to include articles about other subjects of interest to women, many from the pen of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  Stanton’s earliest articles dealt with temperance, child-bearing and education, but she soon turned to the issue of women’s rights, writing about laws unfair to women and demanding change.  Bloomer’s name also became associated with an unusual pants-and-tunic outfit that came to be known as the “Bloomer costume” because she wrote illustrated articles about it in The Lily and wore the costume herself.

Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives COO, discussed the new database: “Our decision to make The Lily available was influenced by requests from customers already accessing our database, Godey’s Lady’s Book.  The Lily’s local and national focus on both temperance and women’s rights provides a unique complement to our other databases.”

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 only. 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 as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.


Tom Nagy, COO
Accessible Archives, Inc.
Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities LLC

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