Inside the Archives – Summer 2016 – Volume V Number 3

Inside the Archives

Summer 2016
Volume V. Number 3.

Welcome to the Summer 2016 edition!  We hope you have enjoyed the downtime!

The new school year is about to begin!

2016 continues to be a great year for Accessible Archives and You! Just in time for the new school year, Accessible Archives is pleased to announce the release of our new faceted search page – see the details below! Accessible Archives is committed to enhancing the user experience and searchability of our databases.

Accessible Archives’ New Faceted Search Page Is Live!!

Accessible Archives is excited to unveil our new Faceted Search Screen on August 15, 2016, and it will dramatically enhance our user’s search experience

These new enhancements will replicate the user experience that your patrons know well. Within the unique Accessible Archives primary source collections, students, genealogists, librarians, and researchers will go beyond just the facts and figures of history and into a deeper understanding of their search topic.

The New Faceted Search Page enhancement allows users to spend more time exploring documents and less time searching for them!

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Acting on our users’ input, reviewing our librarian’s survey, and with the consultation of our Advisory Board, we have incorporated a variety of interface upgrades over the last 12 months.

Our users asked for a more intuitive search process, and we responded with our new faceted search page. This new search page allows users to:

  • Drill deeper into the content by date, publication type, and/or collection.
  • Search within your current results.
  • Pressing “Go Back to Original Results” produces the same list as the user had on the original search.

We pride ourselves on listening to our users’ input and developing a more enhanced user experience.

Back to School Special on Women’s Collections!!

SuffrageAccessible Archives would like to offer one of our best sales of the year! In this Year-of-the-Woman, check out our Women’s Collections and we will offer you 10% off for the purchase of  one collection, 20% off two collections, 30% off three collections, or 40% off all four! Hurry as this is a time-sensitive sale (ends September 30th)!

Our Back-to-School includes these Women’s Collection titles:

  • The Lily, the first newspaper for women, was issued from 1849 until 1853 under the editorship of Amelia Bloomer (1818-1894).
  • The National Citizen and Ballot Box was a monthly journal deeply involved in the roots of the American feminist movement. It was owned and edited by Matilda Joslyn Gage, American women’s rights advocate, who helped to lead and publicize the suffrage movement in the United States.
  • The Revolution, a weekly women’s rights newspaper, was the official publication of the National Woman Suffrage Association formed by feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to secure women’s enfranchisement through a federal constitutional amendment.
  • Godey’s Lady’s Book was designed specifically to attract the growing audience of American women. Accessible Archives provides the complete run of Godey’s Lady’s Book and is the only one containing the color plates as they originally appeared.

South Carolina Newspapers, 1732-1780

South Carolina NewspapersThis collection contains a wealth of information on colonial and early American History and genealogy, and provides an accurate glimpse of life in South Carolina and America, with additional coverage of events in Europe, during the early days of this country.

This collection comprises: The South Carolina Gazette, 1732–1775; The South Carolina & American General Gazette, 1764–1775; The South Carolina Gazette & Country Journal, 1765–1775; The Gazette of the State of South-Carolina, 1777–1780.

Annual ALA Conference Accessible Archives Raffle Winner Announced!

Augusta UniversityAccessible Archives is pleased to announce the winner of our raffle drawing conducted in the exhibit booth at the 2016 American Library Association Annual meeting in Orlando — The University Libraries at Augusta University, Augusta, GA, has been drawn as the winner!  They will receive a full one-year subscription to all of the Accessible Archives 18th and 19th century full-text searchable digital collections, as well as the new products under development.

The winning entry was submitted by Fay Verburg, Chair, Reference and Education Services. “I was so excited to learn that Augusta University won the free one-year subscription to Accessible Archives! I look forward to letting our faculty and students know about this unique resource. I personally know several faculty researchers whose areas of interest dovetail perfectly with the content available in Accessible Archives. Students will also appreciate having primary resources available to them 24/7 to use for their research projects.”

Update on the Colored Conventions Project!

In a follow-up to our Spring announcement on the signing of a collaboration agreement with The Colored Conventions Project (CCP), the CCP is pleased to share a link to a New York Times feature article titled “Colored Conventions, a Rallying Point for Black Americans before the Civil War” from the August 8 NYT online edition.  You can review the article here.

“Long before they could take any actual roles in government, black political activists sent thousands of delegates to advocacy events called “colored conventions” that were held starting in the 1830s. The activists drafted legislative petitions demanding better schools and job opportunities and legal protections from bigotry and violence.”

African-American Newspapers: 19th Century

Frederick DouglassThese African American newspapers provide important original source material—written by African-Americans for African-Americans—readily available for research and fresh interpretation by historians, sociologists, educators, and students. These newspapers contain a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s, rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day, including slavery and abolition, presidential and congressional addresses, business and commodity markets, the Mexican War, society and culture, religion, and more.

New Content for American County Histories!

Accessible Archives is continuing to add new content to our acclaimed American County Histories database. Recent content has been added to Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, California, and more. Stay tuned for monthly content updates.

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter. The Table of Contents is hyperlinked to each chapter as well as to each individual illustration. The user can select a particular graphic from the List of Illustrations and proceed immediately to it by clicking on the highlighted text.

“The Webinars are coming! The Webinars are coming!”

WebinarsWomen’s Collections (September) — These collections comprise a unique selection of 19th Century women’s newspapers and periodicals whose diverse views helped define the roles of women in society, government, and business.  They offer the opportunity to interpret social, political, economic, and literary matters during the 19th Century. Domesticity columns, suffrage and anti-suffrage writings, and literary genres are discussed, along with the ability of reference librarians, faculty, and students to assess the connotations of letters to the editors, news stories, articles on society and morality, essays, poems and short stories.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly (October) — We will trace America’s development in the 19th and early 20th centuries through this complete collection of the nation’s first illustrated weekly. We will highlight every phase of the evolution of American popular culture over 70 years. In addition, we will illustrate how the Weekly chronicles the nation heading into the catastrophic conflict between North and South, postwar industrial growth and the rise of cities, and the movement westward. By unlocking the immediate past scholars can better understand the events leading to our present day concerns and issues.

African American Newspapers: 19th Century (November) — This unique collection of African American newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day as they related to the African American community.

The Value of Primary Sources and Searching in Accessible Archives (December) — These presentations will focus on the importance of using primary sources and how to locate those documents that will provide the best opportunities for reference librarians, faculty, and students to “dig into the past” and discover the essential history that defines our society.

Did You Know That Accessible Archives Provides Open Access Publications?

Accessible Archives has digitized for open access three seminal works on 19th century America.

  • The first, Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, written by Sarah H. Bradford, covers the life of the African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy from before the American Civil War until her death.
  • The second book, Twelve Years A Slave, is Solomon Northup’s first-hand account of how fugitive slave laws allowed African Americans who could not prove their free status were taken into slavery, and how they affected his own life.
  • The third book, History of Woman Suffrage – Volume III, was edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage. This history of the women’s suffrage movement, primarily in the United States, is a major source for primary documentation about the movement from its beginnings through the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which enfranchised women in the U.S. in 1920.

In addition, we have made available via open access, two database publications essential to the study of Pennsylvania genealogy, industrialization, and 18th and 19th-century American history:

  • The Pennsylvania Newspaper Record database documents the move to industrialization from a predominantly agrarian culture established by Quaker farmers in the 18th century. The collection contains full-text transcriptions of articles, advertisements, and vital statistics, providing insight into technology, business activity and material culture in a down-river milling and manufacturing community at the height of the Industrial Revolution.
  • The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue database is primarily a listing of marriages, deaths, and obituaries from six local newspapers published in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Users will also find information about emigration patterns, customs and traditions, important events, medical history, biographical data, and more within this collection.

New Accessible Archives’ Library Support Service!

Many of you may have taken advantage of some of the Accessible Archives free services.  But this month Accessible Archives is pleased to announce that we have completed our first request on this side of the Atlantic Ocean for Shibboleth.

ShibbolethShibboleth, used extensively in the U.K. and Europe, implements widely used federated identity standards, to provide a federated single sign-on and attribute exchange framework. What distinguishes Shibboleth from other products in this field is its adherence to standards and its ability to provide SSO support to services outside of a user’s organization while still protecting their privacy.

Accessible Archives is a member of the UK Federation.  American institutions that belong to the InCommon Federation are now able to sign into Accessible Archives, thanks to both federations belonging to eduGAIN.

James Madison UniversityAccessible Archives subscribers who are members of either federation need only contact us with their eduPersonScopedAffiliation and we will set them up.  Then, to access using single sign-on, they need only enter:  https://www.accessible.com/accessible/uk.

Our first Shibboleth request in the United States has come from James  Madison University and we were pleased to work seamlessly with the school and the InCommon Federation to set up their single sign-on to Accessible Archives.

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