David Loiterstein


About Author: 

David’s responsibilities include marketing strategy as well as advertising, promotion and publicity activities. In addition, he is the editor of the Readex Report, a quarterly e-newsletter featuring original articles by librarians and researchers on diverse aspects of digital historical collections and related topics.

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19th-Century Illustrations of African Americans by E.W. Kemble

Most famous for illustrating the first edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Edward Winsor Kemble was highly regarded for his compassionate images of African Americans. Many of these illustrations can be found within Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922: From the Library Company of Philadelphia. Below are a few examples of Kemble's artwork from a diverse selection of books published at the end of the 19th century:

From Our Phil and Other Stories (1889) by Katharine Floyd Dana, who published more widely under the pen name Olive A. Wadsworth:
 
19th-Century Illustrations of African Americans by E.W. Kemble

Nineteenth-Century Newspaper Editors Imagine the Twentieth-Century Newspaper

In 1895 editors at thirteen major American newspapers were asked to use their “prophetic powers” to forecast the news publishing world a century hence.

Over the previous decades, many of them had personally witnessed a host of “advancements in the art of newspaper making”: “from the Washington hand press to the perfecting press; from the stage coach to the telegraph; from paper at 10 cents to good paper at 2 cents a pound; from handset to marvelous typesetting machines…”

In this full-page article found in America’s Historical Newspapers, each of those prominent journalists “draw aside the curtain and peer into the future” to imagine the newspaper of 1995.

Here are excerpts from their predictions published nearly 120 years ago.

Nineteenth-Century Newspaper Editors Imagine the Twentieth-Century Newspaper

Readex Announces The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922

Today Readex distributed this press release:

Readex Announces The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922

Thousands of valuable printed works about one of the key topics in U.S. history, all digitized in full color

Readex Announces The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922

Readex to Launch The American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922

Today Readex distributed this press release:

Readex to Launch The American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922

More than 13,000 printed works about the nation’s deadliest conflict, all digitized in full color

Readex to Launch The American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922

Latin America, Illuminated: Four Research Collections

Reflecting the diversity of Latin American and Caribbean studies today, here are four research collections spanning three centuries of regional history, issues and events.

Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society
Featuring more than 140 searchable newspapers from 22 islands, this collection chronicles the region’s evolution across two centuries through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries and other news items.
 
Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1805-1922
Created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries, these two series provide access to more than 280 newspapers published between 1805 and 1922 from more than 20 countries in the region, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile and more than a dozen others.
 
Foreign Broadcast Information Services (FBIS) Daily Reports: Latin America, 1974-1996
This U.S. intelligence archive provides firsthand perspectives on world history, governments and politics, capturing and translating reports of events as they occurred.  The Latin American module is an indispensable source for insights into decades of turbulent regional history.
 
Access Latin America

Latin America, Illuminated: Four Research Collections

A Star Reporter in the Making: Carl Bernstein’s Washington Star Memoir Announced

NPR has reported that Carl Bernstein, the investigative journalist renowned for his work with Bob Woodward in uncovering the Watergate scandal, will be publishing a memoir about his formative years at the Washington Evening Star

“My understanding of journalism, and the world I've covered and written about, and the life I've led, crystallized in those five incomparable years at a uniquely great newspaper,” Bernstein wrote in a recent press release. 

A Star Reporter in the Making: Carl Bernstein’s Washington Star Memoir Announced

Webinar: The Value of Foreign Intelligence Collections for Academic Research

Readex provides digital access to the principal historical record of open-source intelligence gathered by the United States for more than half a century. Spanning Africa, Asia and the Pacific, China, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Soviet Union, this intelligence—obtained from publicly available media and translated into English—includes reports from radio and television broadcasts, journals and newspapers, monographs, reports and other sources.

Readex Product Director Brett Kolcun will offer a live presentation on November 7 for librarians, faculty and students. This in-depth webinar will explore the content, features and functionality of these two Readex collections:

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941-1996
Translated broadcasts and news from every region of the world
"A crucial resource for those seeking to understand events from other countries' standpoints.”
— Julie Linden, Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University

Webinar: The Value of Foreign Intelligence Collections for Academic Research

Attend a Webinar on African American Studies

Readex will offer a live webinar on Oct. 24 for librarians, faculty and students who have an interest in African American studies. This in-depth session will explore the content, features and functionality of three acclaimed Archive of Americana collections:

The webinar will highlight the rich content within these collections and its importance for student and faculty research in African American studies. In addition, Readex product director Brett Kolcun will demonstrate the diverse ways these collections support the teaching of African American history, literature and related disciplines in the classroom.

Webinar participants will receive authoritative product knowledge, robust sample search demonstrations, and background and context for a diverse selection of key documents. Time will be also provided for your questions.

Attend a Webinar on African American Studies

Just published — The Readex Report: September 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: Scandal mars the mastery of a Native American sporting great; a plucky female editor redefines an iconic southern newspaper; a hulking hoax sparks a sizable 19th-century sensation; a star-crossed sedan slides into obscurity.

"The Great Upheaval": Tracking Jim Thorpe's Swift Fall from Grace after the 1912 Olympics

By Kate Buford, author of Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe

One hundred and one years ago this past summer, American Indian athlete Jim Thorpe was acclaimed around the world for winning, by huge margins, both the classic pentathlon and the decathlon at the Fifth Olympiad in Stockholm. The King of Sweden famously declared him “the most wonderful athlete in the world.”

Six months later, on January 22, 1913, a newspaper scoop in ... (read article

Just published — The Readex Report: September 2013

Announcing Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society

Today Readex distributed this press release:

Readex to Launch Digital Edition of Caribbean Newspapers
New collection is essential for research on Colonial history, the slave trade and the Atlantic region

September 19, 2013 (NAPLES, FL) — The digital collection Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society will be introduced in October 2013 by Readex, a division of NewsBank. This new online resource—the largest of its kind--will chronicle the evolution of the Caribbean region across two centuries, providing a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands. “With more than 140 Spanish, French, Danish, and British titles—all available for the first time in a fully searchable database—Caribbean Newspapers promises to transform scholarship on the eighteenth and nineteenth-century West Indies,” says Eliga Gould, Chair of the History Department and Professor of History, University of New Hampshire. “It’s going to be a real game changer."

Announcing Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society

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