Readex collection wins a Choice 2017 Outstanding Academic Title award!
The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922: From the American Antiquarian Society has been a named a 2017 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, the review publication of the American College & Research Libraries division of ALA. The award is for excellence in presentation and scholarship, the significance of its contribution to the field, its originality and value as an essential treatment of its subject, and significance in building undergraduate collections.
The award is based on Choice’s review of The American Slavery Collection, which appeared in its August 2017 issue. Here’s an excerpt:
“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.”
In 2017 Choice reviewed more than 5,300 titles, and selected only 504 to receive its Outstanding Academic Title award. Of the 504 winners, only 17—including The American Slavery Collection—were electronic collections.