Accessible Archives Adds Regimental Histories to its Civil War Collection

Malvern, PA (October 18, 2011) — Accessible Archives, Inc.®, a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced a further expansion of its collection, The Civil War, with the addition of Part VI: Northeast Regimental Histories. The new portion consists of books currently housed at the Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, Connecticut, a library dedicated to promoting the study of family history by making genealogical and historical resources available to all on both a national and international level.

Regimental histories are valuable research sources offering unique perspectives on the Civil War. They provide details on the organization and achievements of particular units, including such items as regimental rosters, transportation documents, honor rolls and casualty statistics, and promotion and court martial documents. The vast majority were written in the thirty-five years between the end of the war and the end of the Nineteenth Century. Most were written by unit veterans, and often by the regimental chaplains, primarily as a service chronicle for regiment members. The best include both a narrative of the regiment’s service and anecdotal material by the soldiers, and often are filled with photos of unit members, portraits, maps and additional illustrations. States with regimental histories represented in this collection are Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

This cooperative venture is the second between Godfrey Memorial Library and Accessible Archives. As in the first instance, a series of volumes resulting in Part II: The Soldiers’ Perspective and Part III: The Generals’ Perspective, this project was coordinated by Unlimited Priorities Corporation®, a company specializing in support for organizations within the information industry, acting in a consultative capacity.

Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives COO, commented: “The 150th anniversary of the start of hostilities seemed an appropriate time to expand our Civil War collection. This new section adds an additional perspective on the actions and exploits of many of the units from the northeastern area of The Union. We hope to be able to add additional regimental histories – from both North and South – in the future.”

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 Corporation as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.

About Unlimited Priorities Corporation

Unlimited Priorities serves small to mid-size companies in the information industry. A highly skilled group of professionals provide executive-level support services in Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Finance, Operations, Production, Technology, Content Development, and Licensing. Our Archival Initiatives Division provides advice to libraries, historical societies, and industry associations in selecting, distributing and monetizing their valuable archival content.

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