CIC Purchases The Lily Database

Members Receive Permanent Access to First Newspaper for Women

Malvern, PA (June 19, 2012)Accessible Archives, Inc.©, a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced the acquisition of its newest collection, The Lily, by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of thirteen research universities: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin and the University of Chicago.

The Lily, the first newspaper for women, was edited by Amelia Bloomer from 1849 to 1854 and by Mary Birdsall during 1855 and 1856, after which it ceased publication. Conceived as a temperance journal – writing deemed the best way for women to work for reform – it gradually began to include articles about other subjects of interest to women, such as child-bearing and education. However, coverage soon turned to the issue of women’s rights, with articles about laws unfair to women and demanding change. Many of these were penned by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a driving force behind the first women’s rights convention, who played a leadership role in the women’s rights movement for fifty years.

The sale was coordinated by Unlimited Priorities LLC, a company specializing in support for organizations within the information industry, acting in its capacity as sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives.

The Lily will be available to all thirteen CIC member universities. Mark Sandler, Director of the CIC Center for Library Initiatives, said, “The CIC is committed to identifying and acquiring unique collections in support of our members’ research and instructional activities. We value the role played by smaller niche publishers such as Accessible Archives to surface historically significant gems like The Lily, making them discoverable and conveniently accessible to scholars at every level.”

Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives© COO, responded, “We appreciate the support we receive through special purchases such as this one from CIC who also is one of our publishing partners. It encourages us to continue to seek out and identify additional specialized collections so that we can make them available to the university research community.”

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 solely 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.

About Unlimited Priorities LLC

Unlimited Priorities is attuned to the management requirements of organizations in the information industry, both commercial and not-for-profit. We provide executive-level support services by utilizing a highly skilled group of professionals with abundant experience. Our practice specialties include Sales and Marketing, Business Development, Financial Services, Operations Management, Production, Information Technology, Social Media, and Content Development and Licensing. Our Archival Initiatives Division offers advice to libraries, historical societies, and industry associations in selecting, distributing, and monetizing their valuable archival content. Our goal is to enhance our clients’ abilities to succeed, offering solutions that are realistic, practical, achievable and affordable.


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

All images included in blog posts are from either Accessible Archives collections or out of copyright public sources unless otherwise noted. Common sources include the Library of Congress, The Flickr Commons, Wikimedia Commons, and other public archives.

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