Inside the Archives

Inside the Archives – April 2014 – Volume III Number 2

April 2014
Volume III. Number 2.

In this Issue


How Do Hurricane Katrina’s Winds Blow: Racism in 21st Century New OrleansHow Do Hurricane Katrina’s Winds Blow: Racism in 21st Century New Orleans, the first book by Liza Lugo, JD, has been released. According to Dr. Antonio Flores, President and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, How Do Hurricane Katrina’s Winds Blow? explains “the power of law to reinforce the process of dehumanization, but equally the need for law to restrain it.”

Among her resources Ms Lugo frequently consulted Accessible Archives’ databases. She stated: “During the writing process … I found your website very valuable and included Accessible Archives, Inc., in the list of resources found in the back section of the book as legally required.  In this way, readers can learn more about related topics through your organization.”


Laurie D. Mathews recently recreated the Online Resource page for Lehigh Valley Genealogy LLC. She included Accessible Archives, stating that it “… is one of my favorite databases.” She goes on to add: “…I found Accessible Archives’ A White Paper: American Count Histories — Their Uses, Usability, Sources and Problems with Access, which I highly recommend for anyone using county histories.” Thanks for the kind words, Laurie, and for including us in your list of resources!


Accessible Archives will resume offering free Webinars beginning in May.


Accessible Archives strives continually to enhance the ease of access to our collections. Recently, our MARC records offerings have been improved in the following ways. We have:

  • added records for books that were newly included in our databases
  • improved the overall quality of the records
  • made MARC records available in two ways:
    • in multiple files: all MARC records for one collection each in its own file (the library can load just the collections it subscribes to)
    • in one file that contains all MARC records for all collections (the library can load all records in one step)
  • provided separate files containing only new or modified MARC records [so the library doesn’t reload MARC records and overwrite changes it may have made to them]


The J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah had acquired permanent access to only a small portion of African American Newspapers: The 19th Century from Accessible Archives. When they decided to provide access to all the collections through an annual subscription, funding was provided equally by the Colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences utilizing book funds. They were influenced by the ease of use factor of electronic databases as necessary research in the hard copy resources housed in Special Collections was spotty due to both the access time factor and the limited hours the collections were available.

Mary Ann James, Electronic Resources Manager, pointed out that even though the library utilizes Ex Libris Primo, students tend to access the card catalog first when conducting research as they are looking for materials in all formats. Therefore, it was critical to enter the MARC records supplied by Accessible Archives in a timely manner. Once the records were available students could go immediately to the full-text electronic resources, or to History Packages listing specific databases rather than browsing through all the library’s database holdings.

Previously, students and faculty showed only spotty access to the portions of African American Newspapers: The 19th Century held by the library. Once the subscription was activated and the MARC records entered usage spiked, not only for those portions but across the complete database. In addition, all the collections experienced immediate across the board use, with particularly heavy access in The Lily and Godey’s Lady’s Book, both previously available only in Special Collections. The library points out that prior to Ex Libris Primo MARC records were essential. Even with this discovery service in place, access still is evenly divided between it and the card catalog.


Accessible Archives provides ongoing upgrades and updates to both our new and existing American County Histories collections.

American County Histories IV: The WestSouthwest and West: We continue to add books to each of the states in these collections from an extensive list of available titles. Because we have not yet completed the inclusion of these books pre-publication pricing remains available for both these regions.

Southeast: We have identified and will be adding additional titles to this region. Coverage for each state will be markedly expanded, with new titles included in states where the initial coverage was somewhat limited. There will be no additional cost to current customers for these additional titles.

Midwest and Central: We will begin offering coverage of these final two regions later this year. Member states for each region are:

  • Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • Central: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota


Keyed full-text articles for Frank Leslie’s Weekly now are available for 1855-1857, 1862-1869 and 1912-1922 available. We continue to add more working backward from 1912. Of course, all the images remain available, both for this title and for National Anti-Slavery Standard. Keyed full-text articles for the latter now are available 1840 to mid-1853. We continue to add additional years moving forward from 1853.


The following collections have not yet been completed, so pre-publication pricing remains in effect:

  • American County Histories: Southwest
  • American County Histories: West
  • Frank Leslie’s Weekly
  • National Anti-Slavery Standard

In addition, a number of year-end special offers for our other databases currently are available. Please contact us for specifics on any of these generous pricing offers.


SCPL_logoSpartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC was the winner of the raffle drawing conducted in the Accessible Archives exhibit booth at the PLA Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The library will receive a free one-year subscription to the complete collection of thirteen databases. While the databases provide archival materials — newspapers, books and periodicals — across all of Colonial and Early America, the library is most excited about gaining access to information most relevant to South Carolina.

Andy Flynt, Director of Reference Services, reacted: “We are happy that we won the free subscription to Accessible Archives’ databases. We look forward to providing access to historical information from South Carolina that we didn’t have before, and know our patrons will love the resource, as well. The genealogical information and the access to 18th century South Carolina newspapers is going to be a hit.”


ALA-LVAccessible Archives will exhibit at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Jun 27-30, 2014. Please visit us in Booth 1738.

We look forward to meeting with current and future customers, and invite you to contact us for an appointment. We have a lot of exciting things to talk about, including new and expanded collections and some special offers.

See you in Las Vegas!

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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