Accessible Archives Provides Exclusive Full-Text Access to the Virginia Gazette

Malvern, PA (July 6, 2009) — Accessible Archives, Inc. , a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced that a fully-searchable version of The Virginia Gazette, 1736–1780, will be added to its online database collection. The newspaper currently is available in digital format only as an image file on the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library website at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Published weekly in Williamsburg, VA between 1736 and 1780 The Virginia Gazette contained news covering all of Virginia and also included information from other colonies, Scotland, England and additional countries. The paper appeared in several iterations from a succession of publishers over the years, the final issue being produced April 8, 1780, after which the paper was moved to Richmond.

Not all the issues survived. Those available were assembled and microfilmed in 1950, and a subject index was created at the same time. This microfilm was the basis for the current image version. Several institutions contributed issues for the initial microfilming and are cooperating in the production of the current project: College of William and Mary; Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; The Johns Hopkins University; Maryland Historical Society; Massachusetts Historical Society; Virginia Historical Society. Unlimited Priorities Corporation, a company specializing in support for libraries and organizations within the information industry, is coordinating the project in a consultative capacity.

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