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The Readex Mission

Over several decades, Readex has published many of the most widely used collections of primary source research materials in academic libraries, first as Readex Microprint Corporation and since 1984 as a division of NewsBank, inc.

Academic librarians, faculty and scholars recognize Readex for its efforts to transform research in the humanities and social sciences and to dramatically reshape the study and teaching of centuries of history, literature, culture and daily life. Today, Readex continues to play a leadership role by creating comprehensive Web-based resources. These digital collections include the Archive of Americana—a family of historical books, newspapers, government publications and more spanning centuries; Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports—the United States government's fundamental record of political and historical open source intelligence for nearly 75 years; Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports—an English-language archive of translations of foreign scientific, technical, and social science materials; and the World Newspaper Archive, created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries.
“Readex has been a leader for nearly 70 years in delivering unique, important and carefully curated collections of primary sources,” says President Alar Elken. “We partner with many of the world's most renowned repositories, libraries and historical societies to identify and digitize primary source documents that are compelling in the classroom and vital for researchers.”
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