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Inside the Archives – Autumn 2016 – Volume V Number 4

Autumn 2016
Volume V. Number 4.

Welcome to the Autumn 2016 edition!  The new school year is in full swing!

2016 continues to be a great year for Accessible Archives and You. Just in time for the new school year, Accessible Archives has released our new faceted search page and increased content for the American County Histories. Accessible Archives continues its commitment to enhancing the user experience and content of our digital collections.

Accessible Archives’ New Content This Fall

New Content for American County Histories

American County HistoriesAccessible Archives continues to add new content to our acclaimed American County Histories database. Among those states with recently expanded holdings are Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, California, with more states to follow. Stay tuned for monthly content updates.

County histories have long formed the cornerstone of local and regional historical and genealogical research. Encyclopedic in scope and virtually limitless in their research possibilities, they provide a wealth of information for students and researchers of all types, as well as for general interest readers. The variety of topics covered in American County Histories include:

Aboriginal Populations
Buildings & Construction
Community Development Programs
Crime Statistics
Educational Programs
Entertainment and the Arts
Ethnic History
Geological Descriptions
Growth of the Press
Health and Vital Statistics
Native Flora & Fauna
Participation in Revolutionary & Civil Wars
Photographs of Individuals and Events
Political Events & Elections
Population Shifts
Religious Trends and Migrations
Settlement Patterns
Transportation Systems
Urban/Rural Migration
Weather Patterns

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county through 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.

Learn more at Accessible Archives’ American County Histories.

Fall Special on Accessible Archives Collections Coming!

Accessible Archives will be offering one of our best sales of the year soon! Check out the Accessible Archives’ Collections for details on our primary source collections and start your list now. Stay tuned!

Accessible Archives Is Pleased to Support the “New York at Its Core” Exhibition

NEW YORK AT ITS CORE“Five years in the making, “New York at Its Core” presents the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” a preeminent global city now facing the future in a changing world. The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over.” Check out the exhibition beginning November 18, 2016 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street). Follow the progress of the exhibition at

Accessible Archives is providing the Museum of the City of New York with material from our National Anti-Slavery Standard database for use in the exhibition. The image from March 3, 1855, highlights Caroline Steadman’s experience.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, 1855-1922
Frank Leslie’s WeeklyIn 1855, Frank Leslie founded Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, America’s first weekly illustrated newspaper. Because news illustrations were novel to journalism in America, they intrigued the public and stimulated sales of Frank Leslie’s papers. News stories were illustrated within a couple of weeks of their occurrence, and in addition to news there were features on music, the stage, fine arts, sports, and literature, including serial fiction. No other publisher could match Leslie’s speed of production, and so he captured a market of both barely literate readers, who appreciated having the news presented in pictures, and more sophisticated subscribers, who appreciated his coverage of the arts and sports.

Have You Subscribed to the Accessible Archives’ Blog Yet?

The blog provides a unique look into the diverse 18th and 19th Century collections at Accessible Archives. Blog topics range from political discourses of the time, specific events occurring during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, social and cultural issues from Godey’s Lady’s Book and other publications, to slavery and abolition. Frank Leslie’s Weekly provides insights into a variety of unique topics beyond these time periods, including sports, the arts, and persons and events of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

These unique nuggets of information open up the rare primary source newspapers, periodicals and print collections essential for teaching and researching the history of America. Check out our latest posts.

African American Newspapers: The 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. They 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.

These Webinars are coming!

Frank Leslie’s Weekly (November)

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. By unlocking the immediate past scholars can better understand the events leading to our present day concerns and issues.

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century (December)

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.

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 book, 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 to be taken into slavery, and how this 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 American women’s suffrage movement is a major source for primary documentation about the movement from its beginnings through the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment 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 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 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.

Achieving Higher Customer Satisfaction is Our Goal at Accessible Archives

Liberty University“I really appreciate your quick response and timely resolution on this.  I deal with a lot of our electronic content vendors when problems arise, and your team’s support is head and shoulders above the rest! Thanks again.”

— Angie Thompson ’08, Cataloging Assistant, Jerry Falwell Library, Liberty University

Newspapers of Colonial America
colonial-newspapersAccessible Archives makes an essential set of newspapers available in an easy-to-use online research and teaching tool designed to assist scholars and students on all levels achieve faster and easier access to world class resources. Comprising the Pennsylvania Gazette, South Carolina Newspapers, and the Virginia Gazette, these newspapers provide unique first-hand stories and news reports on life in Colonial America, including politics, society and culture, economics and trade, agriculture, religious activities, events in Europe, relations with Native Americans, military activities, including the French and Indian War, and culminating in the American Revolution.

Discovery Services and Accessible Archives Are A Match!

Many of you may have taken advantage of some of Accessible Archives’ free services.  This month we are pleased to remind our customers that we currently have strategic alliances with EBSCO Discovery Service, ExLibris Primo Central, OCLC WorldCat, and ProQuest Summon.

Discovery ServicesThese Discovery services help you to maximize the value and usefulness of your Accessible Archives databases. They can increase the value of your library by delivering a rich research experience that increases usage of these collections while strengthening your library’s role in meeting user expectations.

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Charleston ConferenceFrancis Marion Hotel, Table #19

ALA Atlanta Midwinter
Georgia World Congress Center, Booth #1249

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