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Announcing New Readex Collections for Spring 2018

Posted on 02/07/2018

Readex is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of these new digital resources:

Territorial Papers of the United States, 1764-1953

Territorial Papers Image for Blog.JPGMore than half of America’s states began as territories. From the 1760s to the 1950s the United States of America expanded southward and westward, acquiring territories that spanned from Florida to California to Alaska. Before they evolved into twenty-seven American states, these territories were managed by the U.S. State and Interior departments. The official history of their formative territorial years is recorded in the “Territorial Papers of the United States”—a collection of Native American negotiations and treaties, official correspondence with the federal government, military records, judicial proceedings, population data, financial statistics, land records, and more. For the first time, the Territorial Papers are available in a digital online collection, offering unparalleled research opportunities for anyone interested in the creation of modern-day America.

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives

Announcing Five New Modules

20th Century Global Perspectives image for blog2.jpgThis newly expanded family of digital resources provides global perspectives on important research areas seemingly ripped from today’s headlines: nuclear weapons, global propaganda, world protest movements, America at war, East-West policy and politics, and more. These ten collections from the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency—including five added in 2018— offer penetrating insight into the modern world and reveal unprecedented opportunities for teaching and scholarship. Each is 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 CIA between 1941 and 1996. Students and faculty will find these resources essential for classes on 20th-Century World History, Global or International Studies, Foreign Relations, Modern Diplomacy, the Cold War and others. For current events-focused classes, the resources offer countless starting points for discussion, analysis, and pro/con assessment across a period of nearly 50 years.

American Underworld: The Flash Press

Am Underworld image for blog2.jpgThe newspapers in this one-of-a-kind collection cover the seamier aspects of mid 19th-century urban life: crime, scandal, brothels and blackmail, combined with reviews of the bawdiest theatrical performances on offer and reports on sporting events such as cock-fighting, boxing and horse racing. Stopping well short of pornography, they played a delicate game with the police. With tongue-in-cheek humor, their editors often moralized against the very topics they covered, but did not shy away from including thinly-cloaked advertisements alongside. To many of their readers, these “Flash Papers” also conveyed an implicit threat of blackmail, which often led to very ephemeral print runs. The more than sixty included papers were collected by the American Antiquarian Society, whose curators report that they are heavily researched there. They are among the rarest of all American newspapers, and are of particular interest to scholars in the fields of women’s studies, ethnic studies, urban life, criminal activity, and the underground economy and literature of the 19th century.

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