Recent Praise
New Reviews and Accolades

Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718–1876
“This recently launched Readex collection brings together the digital representations of more than 140 newspapers from 22 islands in the Caribbean. Most newspapers included in this resource are in English; French, Spanish, and Dutch publications make up a smaller portion of the database. Images of the newspapers are of high quality, allowing researchers a highly satisfactory experience interacting with the text, much as it must have appeared over 200 years ago. This rich collection also allows students with an instinct for discovery to replicate the experience of combing through diverse types of primary-source materials, including advertisements of slave sales, shipping news, editorials, poetry, or public notices of local governments.”
— J. H. Pollitz, Southern Illinois University, in Choice (Dec. 2017)

Rand Daily Mail (1902–1985)
“One of the most essential types of primary source materials for any social-science researcher lies in the pages of newspapers that chronicle daily events of particular regions and nations. To validate one's arguments and hypotheses, these sources must necessarily present a variety of political stances; nowhere is this requirement as evident as in South Africa. A significant critical voice in South African and world journalism—from the waning days of the British Empire through two world wars, the Union of South Africa, and the contentious years of the apartheid regime—the contents of Johannesburg's Rand Daily Mail provide vital information that will be useful to disciplines as varied as African studies, history, political science, journalism, law, and literature.”
— R. B. Ridinger, Northern Illinois University in Choice (November 2017)

American Gazettes: Newspapers of Record
“The term gazette was first used to refer to a government publication that provided official notice of legal or other official actions and announcements and appeared weekly or monthly. Private publishers used it in the titles of their publications to indicate that it contained small pieces of information, briefer than what one usually found in traditional newspapers. They also expanded the scope of their gazettes to include a wide variety of information, such as business advertisements or ship arrivals and departures. Researchers can readily make good use of this detailed historical or genealogical information…This collection covers more than 100 publications from 35 states. Small towns are represented along with large cities.”
— D. K. Blewett, College of DuPage in Choice (November 2017)

American Business: Agricultural Newspapers; American Business: Mercantile Newspapers.
“Readex has just released two new collections—Agricultural Newspapers and Mercantile Newspapers—forming part of the American Business component of America's Historical Newspapers….Newspapers are an important primary source, and both of these collections provide content relevant to a variety of scholars. Superficially, the collections' main topics (agriculture and commerce) might not seem relevant to scholars interested in social history, for instance; however this is not the case.”
— S. E. Morris, University of Kansas in Choice (November 2017)

American Religion: Denominational Newspapers
“This fascinating collection of rarely seen US denominational newspapers offers the full text—often complete runs—of approximately 320 periodicals published from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries. Coverage is national, representing newspapers from New York to Hawaii.”
— E. M. Bosman, New Mexico State University Library in Choice (November 2017)

Nineteenth-Century American Drama: Popular Culture and Entertainment, 1820-1900
“By making so many plays that have largely been forgotten available, Nineteenth-Century American Drama can bring back a vital part of U.S. cultural history. Its tragedies, poetic dramas, comedies, farces, sketches, and burlesques provide a rare window into nineteenth-century U.S. culture. Many of these works, such as Louisa Medina’s Last Days of Pompeii, were wildly successful at the time. Others formed parts of nineteenth-century social and political movements like abolitionism, temperance, and suffrage, making these plays key to understanding U.S. literary, political, and social history. This new database will streamline the research process for any project looking at these plays.”
— Robert Davis, Adjunct Assistant Professor, English Department, John Jay College (CUNY)

African Americans and Reconstruction; African Americans and Jim Crow
“The Library Company’s resources in early African American history are unsurpassed and they have remained at the center of my academic and professional life for nearly 25 years. As a scholar of black protest in the 18th and 19th centuries, I returned again and again to the wonders of the African Americana Collection, a world-class repository of black life and thought that has inspired countless historical books, articles and even novels. As an educator who ran a series of summer seminars focusing on African American history, I watched a myriad undergraduate scholars and secondary school teachers draw inspiration…from the African Americana Collection...”
— Richard S. Newman, Professor of History, Rochester Institute of Technology, and biographer of African Methodist Episcopal Church founder Richard Allen

The American Slavery Collection
The American Slavery Collection…comprises more than 3,500 works held by the American Antiquarian Society among its vast collection of material….These credentials tell researchers that they are accessing the finest in peer-reviewed or expert-selected material. A number of developments in the study of popular culture in the last decade, including the intractable plague of racism still afflicting society, have again popularized the examination of slavery and leading students and scholars worldwide to pursue the truth about this ‘peculiar institution.’ Primary sources are always the most reliable for understanding the root causes of issues, and this new digital collection offers such resources as captivity narratives, memoirs, newspapers, photographs, pamphlets, and graphic materials.

“The interface is well designed for both novice and expert researchers.…this valuable database of primary sources fills a notable void in African American studies, taking researchers right to the heart of the matter. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers.”
— D. W. Bilal, Missouri State Library, in Choice (August 2017)

American Politics: Campaign Newspapers 
American Politics: Campaign Newspapers is the sole online resource offering primary-source documentation of presidential and regional campaigns spanning the early Republic (1790–1811) to Reconstruction (1866–77). This remarkable depth of information is compiled from more than 300 digitized newspapers from 32 states published between 1803 and 1876. The compilation also features additional materials that will be immensely valuable to American studies scholarship…

“Because one can search classified ads, current prices of important commodities, and reports of births, marriages, and deaths, this robust tool is ideal not only for scholars tracing American political and presidential history but also for researchers at all levels seeking primary-source material concerning broad matters of government, laws, and social practices. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers.”
— D. Becker, Hennepin County Medical Center Medical Library, in Choice (August 2017)

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1974–1996
“…two new products from Readex, via the meticulous translation work of the Joint Publications Research Service and the Foreign Broadcast Information Service, open our eyes to how Middle Eastern editors, journalists, and broadcasters viewed the events around them during the second half of the 20th century….

“Students of Middle East and North Africa history, politics, economics, and culture get an unfiltered view of the events of this intensely active region during the second half of the 20th century thanks to Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958–1994, and the companion product Part 1: Middle East, Africa, Near East and South Asia—one of eight distinct area subsets of the complete collection of Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1974–1996….JPRS and FBIS translations are regarded as accurate and scrupulously unbiased.

“….both products stand apart from similar offerings, approaching unique and fascinating content on issues and events in the Middle East with perspectives that are not represented in other databases.”
— Gail Golderman and Bruce Connolly, “Reference eReviews,” Library Journal (July 2017)

Archive of Americana
“Readex has been busy digitizing US historical resources ever since releasing Early American Imprints Series I: Evans, 1639–1800 and Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801–1819. These curated modules—each available for purchase separately—have grown into the Archive of Americana, now comprising more than 40 collections of monographs, periodicals, newspapers, government publications, broadsides, and other ephemera spanning four centuries. While approximately one-third of the individual collections organized into several larger thematic or format-based sets have not yet been completed, the archive now totals well over a half-million titles and pages numbering in the tens of millions, with coverage particularly strong for the 18th- and 19th-century period….

“Readex’s Archive of Americana…provides invaluable, virtually unprecedented access….Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers.”
— R. A. Aken, University of Kentucky in Choice (July 2017)

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives
“Readex…has introduced a new family of primary source archives. Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives brings together digital resources comprising primary source documents from around the world that focus on five separate categories: apartheid; American race relations; the Cold War; immigrations, migrations, and refugees; and the Middle East and North Africa. Each of these categories includes original sources, such as government publications, newspapers, and transcribed television and radio broadcasts…collected by the CIA between 1941 and 1996….these collections offer access to valuable sources that can provide history and context for current situations. The focus on sources from outside the US also allows researchers to explore these topics beyond current political frameworks.”
American Libraries Magazine (May 2017)

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, Series 1
“Readex recently expanded their African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, Series 1 collection with 75 additional titles, to now tally more than 350 newspapers. Editor Danky, who compiled African-American Newspapers and Periodicals selected materials for this newly released Series 2.…The content is significant, and researchers will appreciate having access to such a large collection of primary sources….researchers seeking historical African American perspectives from the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries will certainly appreciate the breadth of this collection.”
— L. Stern, SUNY Cortland, in Choice (April 2017)

Irish Historical Newspapers
“We have used Irish Historical Newspapers for over ten years, and in that time countless students have used it for their research. I routinely demonstrate its use to students for a whole variety of historic research, from advertisements for agricultural events to radio program reviews. Obituaries, descriptions of political or social events, or comment and opinion on the events of the day are all useful for researchers.  At this moment I am searching for contemporary accounts of events during the Land War, and I have used the collection to assist many scholars when they have failed to find the information they sought in books or journals.”
— Aedín Ní Bhróithe Clements, Irish Studies Librarian and Curator of Irish Studies Collections, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees
“The Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees database is a timely archival resource for students, scholars and reference librarians dealing with political science, international studies, population studies and world history topics….But, the most important aspect of the database is that it gives a global perspective from newspapers, government documents and broadcasts worldwide….This information could be used in a variety of disciplines or for anyone interested in what motivates people to leave their homelands, often with very little choice in the matter. Scholars working on projects regarding movements of populations will find it essential, and students could also find it a useful source of primary source historical documents.”
— Jamie Bloss, Readers Services Librarian, University of the South Pacific in Reference Reviews (2017)

American Gazettes: Newspapers of Record
American Gazettes: Newspapers of Record will open new horizons for researchers, as it makes this rare primary source material available to much larger audiences. It will foster new interpretations of life and events. It will also be of great value for genealogists, cultural historians and scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including American studies, history, journalism, political science and religion.”
— Norman Desmarais, Professor Emeritus, Providence College, in Reference Reviews (2017)

American Race Relations: Global Perspectives 1941-1996
“American domestic affairs provided plenty of fodder for foreign journalists, particularly in the area of race relations, and the FBIS monitoring produced a rich collection of reports from the outside on America’s mid-to-late twentieth-century confrontations with its troubled racial past and present. Readex has collected these reports in a database entitled American Race Relations: Global Perspectives 1941-1996….This resource may also aid students and researchers in making global connections to the American race story….Although many of the articles were produced as anti-American propaganda pieces by communist governments, their perspectives might be seen as a corrective to the one-sided reporting by many of the mainstream news outlets in the USA at the time. Further, in an era where one can customize their news intake to reflect one’s personal view of the world, these articles prove the importance of reading global perspectives to be truly informed….Seeking global perspectives on the past and the present is one way to step out of the echo chamber. Librarians, teaching faculty and general researchers will find this database a useful discussion tool and research resource.”
— Bart Everts, Librarian of Practice, Rutgers University, in Reference Reviews (2017)

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives
Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives [is] a new family of digital resources for teaching and research in popular topics in academic libraries. Each of these collections offers new insight for teaching and scholarship in 20th-century geopolitics for a variety of disciplines. The five collections from the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency are comprised of primary source documents from around the world, including government publications, magazines, newspapers, and transcribed television and radio broadcasts, all collected and translated by the Central Intelligence Agency between 1941 and 1996.”
— Reference 2017, supplement to Library Journal (Nov. 1, 2016)

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives
Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives is the collective title for five new Readex full-text databases of primary source materials derived from communications media and government documents produced outside North America. Collections feature topical selections drawn from the Central Intelligence Agency's Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941–1996 or its Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957–1995.

Apartheid: Global Perspectives 1946–1996…focuses on South African racial policy with numerous references to treatment of subordinated peoples elsewhere. Media sources covered are primarily from South Africa, the Soviet Union, or China, with occasional coverage elsewhere.…American Race Relations: Global Perspectives, 1941–1996…features African American and other US minorities' experiences during and following World War II as recorded by foreign governments and the media. Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives, 1941–1996…focuses on persons displaced or otherwise impacted by conflict (e.g., Vietnamese, Palestinian, or Salvadoran peoples, among others) ….The Cold War: Global Perspectives on East-West Tensions, 1945–1991…includes primary sources that document the pervasive fear (or favor) regarding communism and related ideologies as these sentiments were brought to bear on international alliances, wars and conflicts, economic relationships, technological competition and exchange, and the worldwide demonstration of support for (or opposition to) emerging post-colonial nations. The final collection, Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958–1994 … covers reporting from within and outside the relevant countries of that part of the world where commentary on politics, the economy, social relations, and ethnicity often appears inseparable from religious practice for much of the population….Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates through researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners.”
—K. Cleland-Sipfle, Southern Oregon University in Choice (Nov. 2016)
 
African American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1827-1998
African American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1827-1998, provides online access to more than 350 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the black American experience.  Researchers will find firsthand perspectives on notable Americans from Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington to W.E.B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as obituaries, advertisements, editorials and illustrations. The collection includes historically significant papers from more than 35 states including rare 19th-century titles published by or for black Americans, digitized for convenient browsing and searching.”
— “Newsprint in Black” in Library Journal (Oct. 15. 2016)

America’s Historical Newspapers
“Readex has recently added five specialized collections to America’s Historical Newspapers….Together, these five new collections span every U.S. region, focusing primarily on the 19th century and areas such as business, gazettes, politics and religion….these five collections are exceptional additions to America’s Historical Newspapers and are highly recommended for academic libraries seeking to expand their primary source coverage in history.  In particular, for libraries whose patrons’ historical research needs intersect with agriculture, business, political science, or religion, these resources provide access to materials not easily found elsewhere.”
— Brian Sullivan, Information Literacy Librarian, Alfred University, in Library Journal (June 1, 2016)


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