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Readex Announces Essential Supplements to Early American Imprints: Evans and Shaw-Shoemaker, 1639-1819

From the American Antiquarian Society, one of the world’s most important repositories of American printed materials

January 27, 2015

(Naples, FL)  In March 2015 Readex will launch a major new enrichment to the definitive collections on early America: Early American Imprints, Series I and II: Supplements from the American Antiquarian Society, 1652-1819. This dramatic expansion of the venerable Evans and Shaw-Shoemaker digital collections of Early American Imprints will make available more than 2,000 rare and unique early American printed documents, all catalogued by the American Antiquarian Society.

For today’s students and scholars of early American history, literature and culture, no other collections offer the opportunity to view and search newly available publications spanning the Colonial and Early Republic periods. The materials cover a wide range of imprint types: captivity narratives, criminal confessions, expedition logs, government acts, histories, maps, military records, musical compositions, personal narratives, poetry, regional histories, short stories, songs, speeches, training manuals, treaties and others.

“We are proud to continue our 60-year-long partnership with Readex to build these comprehensive collections,” says Ellen S. Dunlap, President of the American Antiquarian Society. “Our institutional mission is not only to collect and preserve materials, but also to make them available, and digitization permits us to make them accessible in ways scarcely imagined by our far-sighted predecessors who began these projects back in the days of opaque cards and microfilm.”

Early American Imprints, Series I: Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society, 1652-1800, will offer more than 600 previously unavailable imprints, most of which were not included in either Charles Evans’ monumental work, or Roger Bristol’s supplemental bibliography. Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819, will provide more than 1,400 imprints that fall into the scope of Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker's “American Bibliography.” Many of these were either missed by Shaw-Shoemaker, or were listed by them but could not be found until now.

Evans and Shaw-Shoemaker are the most comprehensive collections of their kind available anywhere,” says Jim Draper, Executive Vice President, Readex. “Readex is proud to extend our partnership with the American Antiquarian Society to bring students and scholars these crucial new additions to the historical record of early America.”

These newest additions to the Archive of Americana will be fully integrated into America’s Historical Imprints for seamless searching with other Readex collections created with the American Antiquarian Society, including American Broadsides and Ephemera, The American Civil War Collection, The American Slavery Collection, Early American Imprints, as well as closely related resources created with the Library Company of Philadelphia and the New-York Historical Society.

About the American Antiquarian Society
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, and graphic arts material printed from first contact through 1876 in what is now the United States, Canada, and the West Indies. The AAS collections also contain manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary works, bibliographies, and other reference works related to all aspects of American history and culture before the twentieth century. The library contains more than two-thirds of all known imprints created in America before 1821, making it the single greatest repository of such materials in the world. Additionally, the Society’s holdings of American printed materials dating from 1821 through 1876 are among the strongest anywhere.

About Readex, a division of NewsBank
For more than 60 years, the Readex name has been synonymous with research in historical materials and government documents. Recognized by librarians, students, and scholars for its efforts to transform academic scholarship, Readex offers a wealth of Web-based collections in the humanities and social sciences, including the Archive of Americana, a family of historical collections featuring searchable books, pamphlets, newspapers, and government documents printed in America over three centuries, and the World Newspaper Archive, created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries. Also available are the Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports and the Joint Publications Research Service Reports, two of the U.S. government’s fundamental sources of foreign intelligence gathered from publicly available media during the second half of the 20th century.


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