If you missed our webinar this month you can watch and listen in here for an overview of and updates to the contents of our Accessible Archives collections. We also highlight significant improvements to our search capabilities and highlight some tools to help target searches to find content most relevant to you.
Our American County History expansion work is going strong. This month we have eight more volumes online with full-text search available. These new titles are from Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Texas.
The Browse and/or Search links below are for visitors on networks with institutional access to this collection. Individuals with personal subscriptions must login at accessible.com to access the Browse and Search features.
- Arizona — History of Arizona Territory Showing its Resources and Advantages; with Illustrations Descriptive of its Scenery, Residences, Farms, Mines, Mills, Hotels, Business Houses, Schools, Churches, etc… from Original Drawings [Browse]
- Arizona — Vanished Arizona: Recollections of my Army Life by Martha Summerhayes [Browse]
- Arizona — Preliminary Account of an Expedition to the Cliff Villages of the Red Rock Country, and the Tusayan Ruins of Sikyatki and Awatobi Arizona, in 1895 [Browse]
- Arizona — Mormon Settlement in Arizona: A Record of Peaceful Conquest of the Desert [Browse]
- Arkansas — A Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region: Comprising a Condensed General History, a Brief Descriptive History of Each County, and Numerous Biographical Sketches of Prominent Citizens of Such Counties [Browse]
- New Mexico — A Handbook of the Resources, Products, Industries and Climate of New Mexico [Browse]
- New Mexico — The Spanish Archives of New Mexico – Volume One [Browse]
- Texas — History of Texas – Volume 2 [Browse]
We will be at booth 392 at ACRL 2015 in Portland.
The Association of College & Research Libraries Conference for 2015, running from March 25-28 in Portland, will showcase the most current and relevant trends in academic and research librarianship — both scholarly and practical.
Accessible Archives will be at booth 392 in the exhibit hall. Be sure to stop by to learn what’s new for 2015 and to ask about our special conference pricing offers.
We’d love to meet with you and discuss how our collections of primary source materials can help your community.
Contact us to set up a meeting or just swing by booth 392.
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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.”
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.