ProQuest Acquires Nineteenth-Century Bibliographic Database

Jun 01, 2004

ProQuest Information and Learning has acquired Nineteenth Century Short-Title Catalogue List (NSTC), a bibliographic database that catalogs the 19th-century holdings of eight of the world's research libraries. The libraries include: The British Library, the Bodleian Library (Oxford), the Cambridge University Library, Trinity College Dublin, the National Library of Scotland, the Newcastle University Library, plus holdings from 1816 to 1919 of the Harvard University Library and the Library of Congress. NSTC was formerly owned and maintained by ABC-CLIO, who moved NSTC from multiple CD-ROMs and integrated them to make them searchable across the series on the Web.  ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Company, creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions worldwide.

NSTC includes bibliographic records of well-known and obscure works of literature, important translations, legal documents, political pamphlets, medical and scientific monographs, journals, and periodicals. Records for more than 1.2 million titles published in the United Kingdom and the United States between 1801 and 1919 are included. NSTC was originally developed by Avero Publications, beginning in 1983 and completed in 2002. It is now available from ProQuest, and in the coming months, NSTC will be upgraded for delivery through a new Chadwyck-Healey interface. ProQuest will maintain and update the catalog's content.

ProQuest has previously developed Early English Books Online, a Web-based, full-page image database of all books printed in English dating from 1473 to 1700. The bases of that collection were The Short-Title Catalogue (Pollard & Redgrave, 1473-1640) and The Short-Title Catalogue II (Wing, 1641-1700). ProQuest collaborated with the academic community to produce Early English Books Online, most notably with the formation of the Text Creation Partnership, which has undertaken the creation of structured SGML/XML text editions for a significant portion of the collection. ProQuest has already digitized a significant volume of 19th-century publications within collections such as Literature Online, the Gerritsen Collection, American Periodicals Collection Online, and PCI Full Text and has extensive microform holdings, including its Nineteenth Century General Collection published in cooperation with the British Library.

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