Inside the Archives – January 2013 – Volume 2. Number 1

Inside the Archives

January 2013
Volume II. Number 1.

Happy New Year!

Accessible Archives sends you our best wishes and hopes for a great 2013. May it bring you health, prosperity and much happiness.


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ALA Midwinter 2013

In this Issue


Frank Leslie’s Weekly 1852-1922

Frank Leslie’s Weekly 1852-1922Frank Leslie’s Weekly was an American illustrated literary and news publication, one of several started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie, which came out on Tuesdays. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies. Each sixteen-page issue combined elements of war, politics, art, science, travel and exploration, literature and the fine arts, enhanced with between 16 and 32 illustrations. Throughout its existence, the Weekly provided illustrations and reports of wars, from John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry and the Civil War until the Spanish-American War and the First World War. It also gave extensive coverage to less martial events such as the Klondike gold rush of 1897, the laying of the 1858 Atlantic Cable and the San Francisco earthquake.

National Anti-Slavery Standard 1840-1870

National Anti-Slavery Standard 1840-1870National Anti-Slavery Standard was established in 1840 as the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society, an abolitionist society founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and Arthur Tappan. The Standard sought to extend the rights of slaves across the country. It implied not only suffrage rights for colored males, but also advocated suffrage for women, and featured writings from influential abolitionists fighting for suffrage, equality and most of all, emancipation. With perhaps the exception of William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator, also published by the Society, the Standard was the most influential voice for abolition leading up to the Civil War. Its personal accounts of slavery helped express the feelings and moods surrounding the controversy for thirty years.

National Citizen and Ballot Box 1876-1881

 Matilda Joslyn GageNational Citizen and Ballot Box was a monthly journal owned and edited by Matilda Joslyn Gage, American women’s rights advocate. Deeply involved in the roots of the American feminist movement, Gage helped lead and publicize the suffrage movement in the United States. Her intentions for the paper stated: “Its especial object will be to secure national protection to women citizens in the exercise of their rights to vote…it will oppose Class Legislation of whatever form…Women of every class, condition, rank and name will find this paper their friend.” Each edition bore the motto “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword”, and included regular columns about prominent women in history and female inventors. Gage was a founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association and served in various offices of that organization for twenty years.

The Revolution 1868-1872

The Revolution 1868-1872The Revolution, a weekly women’s rights newspaper, was the official publication of the National Woman Suffrage Association. Its original motto was, “Principle, not policy; Justice, not favors.” Later editions had this motto: “The True Republic—Men, their rights and nothing more; Women, their rights and nothing less.” Although its circulation never exceeded 3,000, The Revolution’s influence on the national woman’s rights movement was enormous. It confronted subjects not discussed in most mainstream publications of the time including sex education, rape, domestic violence, divorce, prostitution and reproductive rights, and was instrumental in attracting working-class women to the movement by devoting columns to concerns such as unionization and discrimination against female workers.

American County Histories IV: The West

American County Histories IV: The WestThese large county volumes were published between 1870 and 1923 and have long formed the cornerstone of local historical and genealogical research. They are encyclopedic in scope and virtually limitless in their research possibilities. Coverage of counties in the following Western states will commence in the very near future: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. They will expand coverage already available for states in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast.

To better reflect the fact that many of these books provide county coverage until 1923 the appellation “…to 1900” has been eliminated from the regional title. Many of these books have been published as late as 1923, and we continue to concentrate on providing as much information as possible over as wide a time period as possible in support of projects such as genealogical and family history research.  

American County Histories Further Enhancements

American County HistoriesIn addition to widening our holdings by extending coverage into this additional region, we’re enhancing the search experience and expanding search capabilities by identifying every county in every multi-county publication. This broader coverage means searches can be targeted toward many more counties than previously – information on every county in every book will be at your fingertips – and the counties drop down lists for each state on the search screen that allow the user to restrict search results to specific selected county names will be expanded to include these new counties.

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 LLC® as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.


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


Newsletter Staff

Chief Editor: Iris L. Hanney
Contributing Editor: Peter Stevens
Design and Circulation: J. D. Thomas

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