Readex Launches Digital Archive of Americana

Nov 12, 2004

Readex has announced the creation of a Web-based Archive of Americana featuring fully text-searchable facsimile images. This new resource, comprised of four major primary source collections, provides online access to the printed record of the American nation.

The cornerstone of the Archive of Americana is Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, based on Charles Evans' historic "American Bibliography." This collection contains books, pamphlets, and broadsides published in America from 1639 to 1800. Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker continues the Evans bibliography and includes books, pamphlets, and broadsides published in America between 1801 and 1819. Together, these two collections are intended to provide a resource for studying many aspects of early American life, including history, literature, religion, and more. Complementing Early American Imprints is Early American Newspapers (1690-1876), based on Charles Brigham's "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers," which presents cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds of newspapers and millions of issues. These three collections are published in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society, an independent research library focusing on American history, literature, and culture through 1876.

The fourth collection in the Readex Archive of Americana is the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980) with American State Papers (1789-1838). These volumes of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives also include color maps and illustrations as well as non-congressional publications. A national effort among the Library of Congress, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and Readex is behind the creation of this digital resource.