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New Reviews and Accolades

“The Readex online database America’s Historical Imprints has made important additions…sure to interest teachers and researchers….These four recent supplements…have drawn on photographic technology (producing high-resolution images) that will allow readers both to read more seamlessly and to obtain insight into the items’ textual materiality.  As such, these newly released supplements to the online archive are well suited for renewed application and appreciation in the classroom.

“The four recent supplements…are invaluable resources for the study of early decades of nineteenth-century America’s print and literary cultures. A few gems include beautifully illustrated botany texts, full-color maps, over two dozen previously unreleased editions of novels, an assortment of printed merchant notes and trade advertisements, and fascinating juvenile fiction and crime confessionals with ornately detailed woodcuts. The 2,000-plus available broadsides—now pristinely visible through the database—offer a glimpse into the materiality of the sheet’s paper grain while also repackaging these broadly popular forms into more readable format….These new releases have such an improved quality of textual imaging that they will not only encourage further scholarly endeavors into questions around textual materiality but also enhance student engagement.”

Ben Bascom, Ball State University, in Early American Literature (2020)

“The sheer size of these supplements is impressive; these thousands of texts offer a wealth of information reaching into every corner of early American life. The breadth of these supplements represents one of its main strengths, complemented by the excellent organization and the high-quality images.

“The subject list has two levels and includes everything from honeybees to gynecology to fairy tales. These subjects made the database very easy to browse, enabling users to easily discover new texts. The extensive subject list and types of works available lend themselves to undergraduate exploration of the archive….The databases make clusters of texts such as these easily available for exploration, prompting us to think about them in new ways….But the best part of these supplements is the way the wide range of materials situates the texts in the mundane, material world of early America….This is the rich potential of the database supplements, which are wonderful additions to the online archive and great assets to teaching early American literature.”

Helen Hunt, Tennessee Technological University, in Early American Literature (2020)

“The great depth, scope, and variety of the documents will please researchers….Though the database is simple and user friendly, it’s also rich and laden with features….Navigating within the database is seamless, and the quality of the digital documents is excellent….Readex creates outstanding primary historical source databases, and this collection is no exception. The quality and comprehensiveness of its coverage are first-rate, and features and search options are excellent. This is a stellar resource for researchers of Native American and colonial American history as well as for scholars of military history, political science, linguistics, and natural history of the period.”

Library Journal (Oct. 2020)

“Bringing together the most extensive collection of American works published for children between the years 1654 and 1819, this resource….features tools for textual analysis, author bios, and suggested search paths that facilitate browsing….The texts found here serve as more than a record of books for children; they also offer a window into early American life….This comprehensive resource provides researchers with an avenue through which to explore issues related to early American childhood through literary works aimed at children….Readex makes it simple to search the collection, while the highly detailed taxonomy of research subjects offers an extra layer of discoverability, empowering experts and novices alike. With works ranging from primers to religious documents, this is a valuable selection for multidisciplinary research in education, social and race studies, history, religion, and more.”

Library Journal (Aug. 2020)

“For those that love mining for hidden historical gold in archival records, this database provides a level of access to the documents within the Territorial Papers record groups that would be unobtainable to most researchers previously. For others, those that are fond of the prior edited volumes, this database now will provide all of the associated records that relate to information found in what was previously published and should offer new insights into related documents that were largely inaccessible.”

Christopher R. Eck, Executive Director, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, in Federal History (2020)

Need to track the progress of a tribal treaty? Examine correspondence between territorial officials and Washington? Research accounts of battles and troop movements? Review records of agricultural and industrial production? Examine shipping records? Explore firsthand accounts of frontier life via letters and financial documents? Trace family histories using passenger lists? View petitions for statehood? All this and more can be done using Territorial Papers of the United States, 1764-1953.

The Charleston Advisor (April 2020)

“…a truly exceptional resource….The organization and formatting of the subject browsing category provides an excellent, easily navigable resource for new users or students exploring topics for a class project or research assignment….The broad coverage of The American Slavery Collection—materials that range from the lived experiences of enslaved peoples to nineteenth-century history textbooks and more—allows for a wide range of research on slavery and abolition in the nineteenth century….the digitization of more than three thousand printed materials on slavery from the vast holdings of the AAS is a phenomenal addition to the growing assortment of digital resources related to slavery.”

H-Slavery, H-Net Reviews (February 2020)

“…a treasure trove of early American metropolitan journalism, providing a rare glimpse into unique, short-lived, and often bawdy newspaper titles which found their glory days between the 1830s and 1850s. Akin to the tabloid presses of today, these publications often presented the seamier aspects of everyday urban society, often preaching against the very topics on which they reported. In the more than sixty papers available through the American Antiquarian Society, this collection represents some of the rarest of all American newspapers and contains unique research material for those in urban studies, women’s studies, criminal justice, Victorian society, and the literature of the nineteenth century. The latest Readex interface provides a variety of user options to view, search, and explore this array of visual ephemera and includes new and enhanced user features for scholarly research….

“The visibility and clarity of each article is truly stunning, since the database allows for significant detail and zooming options….The Flash Press Collection is made up entirely of primary source material, making it ideal for courses rooted in this type of historical examination and exploration….From the standpoint of accessibility and significance to scholarship and research, the value of this rare and unique primary source content cannot be overstated.”

The Charleston Advisor (January 2020)

Nineteenth-Century American Drama is a comprehensive collection of 4,700 American plays published or produced between 1820 and 1900….The plays reflect their time, providing contemporary and unfiltered perspectives about 19th-century issues such as women’s movements, temperance, westward expansion, immigration, war, industrialism, slavery, reconstruction, and abolition….This is an excellent resource of 19th-century primary materials about American theater, life, culture, history, literature, economics, political science, religious and ethnic studies, and sociology.

“The layout and functionality of the database are simple but efficient….suggested topics offer comprehensive options for narrowing or broadening searches. For example, under ‘depictions of ethnic, racial, and religious groups in cast,’ there are 27 subjects found, including Arabs, Catholics, and Jews….Search results are retrieved quickly, and navigation is seamless. The plays are featured in their original form and wording, lending the database credibility. The digitalization quality of the works is outstanding, as is the database’s overall organization and functionality. The viewing options make for an effortless reading experience, and the content and play selections are thorough and balanced.

“…its interdisciplinary nature expands appeal to anyone researching the myriad aspects of 19th-century American life and culture. It provides a lens into not only what people read but also what they saw, and joins a long list of outstanding database products from Readex.”

Library Journal (October 2019)

"Established in 1902, the Johannesburg-based Rand Daily Mail was a key South African media publication. It was shuttered in 1985 because of its antiapartheid perspective. Readex has compiled every article, advertisement, editorial, cartoon, and photograph printed by the Rand Daily Mail, offering a new avenue for research on the turbulent history of 20th-century South Africa….Those studying journalism, communications, or 20th-century history will find this a valuable addition.”

Library Journal (February 2019)

"Propaganda and the Chinese Press presents a trove of articles published in communist newspapers between 1946 and 1996, compiled and translated into English by a U.S. organization that eventually became part of the CIA….The archive spans the rise of Mao Zedong to the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests and offers Chinese perspectives on the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cultural Revolution the collapse of the Soviet Union, and more, as well as insights on political leaders worldwide….As with the Randcollection, this resource displays excellent article scans and is an overall helpful resource for anyone interested in Asian studies, media studies, Cold War and 20th-century history, political science, communications, and propaganda.”

Library Journal (February 2019)

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