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Inside the Archives – April 2013 – Volume 2. Number 2

Inside the Archives

April 2013
Volume II. Number 2.

In this Issue


Accessible Archives was an exhibitor at the recent ACRL Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Booth traffic was heavy, with many customers — both established and new — stopping by to visit. Reaction to our new databases was highly favorable and users were very enthusiastic. Among these SUNY at Fredonia, a recent subscriber, showed a particularly high level of excitement, both for their access to the databases themselves, but also for the support services Accessible Archives provides. They reported overwhelming attendance at our Webinars, something we have heard from many other libraries.

Webinars are conducted on a monthly basis. Information is e-mailed to those who have shown an interest in learning more about our databases and to libraries conducting a free trial of our databases. Sign-up is via the website and upcoming dates are listed there, as well. The next Webinars are scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM EDT. Please contact us if you need additional information.


Ball State University, Muncie, IN was the winner of the raffle drawing conducted in the Accessible Archives exhibit booth at the ALA Winter Meeting in Seattle, Washington. They received a one-year subscription to the complete collection of fourteen databases containing archival materials from Colonial and Early America. Hilde Calvert, Head of Collections Development at Ball State University Libraries was delighted at the prospect of having access to Accessible Archives’ fourteen databases for the next year. She said, “We like the full text access to primary source materials from 18th and 19th century America that this resource offers and believe our faculty and students will find the information useful for their teaching and research. Our reference librarians plan to use the information to assist users, and instruction librarians plan to use the database when they teach classes.” 


Accessible Archives continues the exercise of mounting our new databases onto our website. Images and articles for the following titles are now fully available:

The Revolution 1868-1872 – Official publication of the National Woman Suffrage Association. Its motto was: “The True Republic—Men, their rights and nothing more; Women, their rights and nothing less.

National Citizen and Ballot Box 1876-1881 – Monthly journal owned and edited by Matilda Joslyn Gage, founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association.

Pre-publication pricing still is available for our three other new databases. Images for each title are fully available on our website, while the process of converting and mounting the full articles continues.

Save 35% by pre-ordering any of these databases before June 30, 2013

National Anti-Slavery Standard 1840-1870
Official newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society. It sought to extend the rights of slaves across the country and implied not only suffrage rights for colored males, but also advocated suffrage for women.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly 1852-1922
Popular illustrated literary and news publication providing a window on 19th and 20th century contemporary American society. Covered war, politics, art, science, travel and exploration, literature and the fine arts.

American County Histories IV: The West
Published between 1870 and 1923. Local historical and genealogical coverage of counties in these states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Expands coverage of states in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast.


One of the rewarding aspects of working with a broad range of customers is that we constantly receive a variety of responses and suggestions from them. During the past months several individuals have provided information on the availability of pertinent titles or assisted in the updating of support materials.

We are indebted to Dr. Pamela L. Poulin, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University for bringing The National Citizen and Ballot Box and The Revolution to our attention. While her career was rooted in music, culminating in teaching Music Theory, she developed a deep interest in feminist history. Her research on 19th century leading feminists led her to obtain grants from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for historical roadside markers honoring Matilda Joslyn Gage, editor of The National Citizen and Ballot Box, and Amelia Jenks Bloomer, editor of The Lily, also available from Accessible Archives. She even went so far as to portray both individuals at the marker dedication ceremonies. Dr. Poulin told us, “Having these newspapers on-line will contribute greatly to research on women of the 19th Century.”

Kathleen Murphy, Library Director at Wilson College, also has been instrumental in helping us identify and obtain important information sources. She is very knowledgeable about what publications users are seeking that are unavailable electronically, and her advice in this area has been invaluable. In discussing her support Kathleen observed, “I think that the thing we have enjoyed most about our dealings with Accessible Archives is the sense of being a ‘partner’ in the enterprise. Being a Pennsylvania company, they were already collecting historical materials that we owned, but ours were in a condition that made them ‘untouchable’ to our students.”

Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, became a subscriber to our family of databases earlier this year. They were happy to receive access to our newly-added databases and especially valued the free MARC records for each collection. Dorothy Meaney, Head of Collections in the University Library, felt other libraries should be aware of their availability. She said, “We do use your MARC records, and I appreciate the heads up as new records become available as you add new collections. This is really a terrific collection for our users.”

Rebecca Boughan, Electronic Resource Specialist at Brigham Young University — and a long-time customer — reviewed our completely rewritten User Manual, searching through it with a library’s point of view in mind to see if anything needed clarification, had to be rewritten or needed to be deleted. Her suggestions in this regard were greatly appreciated as they helped us to produce a manual that best serves the needs of our customers.


Accessible Archives has selected Unlimited Priorities, a company attuned to the unique requirements of the library community, as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.

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


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