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Readex Civil War database reviewed in current Library Journal

In the April 15 issue of Library Journal, Gail Golderman and Bruce Connolly review nine collections of primary-source materials related to the American Civil War.  Among these resources is The Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction—a thematic Readex collection created from multiple Archive of Americana collections.  Here’s a brief excerpt from their newest e-reviews column:

"Reduced to its bare essentials, The Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction—with 150 newspapers from across the country, roughly 50,000 documents culled from the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, and 4,000 rare broadsides and ephemeral itemsis a singularly impressive primary-source collection....there is a lot more here than the numbers alone convey.  

"The broad geographic sweep of these newspaper titles puts the regional perspectives and regional biases necessary to comprehend the meaning of this period of American history at the researcher's disposal....

"The huge U.S. Congressional Serial Set is one of the underappreciated gems among all the publications of the federal government....

Readex Civil War database reviewed in current Library Journal

Attend a Free February Webinar on African American Studies

Readex product director Brett Kolcun will present a live webinar on Feb. 28 for librarians, faculty and students who have an interest in African American studies. This in-depth webinar will explore the content, features and functionality of three acclaimed Archive of Americana collections:

  

 

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Attend a Free February Webinar on African American Studies

New Webinars: Historical Perspectives on the American South, West and Northeast

Newspaper Archives for Academic Research and Training: A Series of Three Regionally Focused Webinars

American newspapers—with their eyewitness reporting, editorials, advertisements, obituaries and human interest stories—have preserved essential records and detailed accounts of nearly every facet of regional and national life. Now searchable online, these regionally diverse newspaper archives span centuries of social, cultural, political, military, business, sports and literary history, providing students and scholars with invaluable original reporting and fresh, local-level insights.

Newspaper Archives of the American Northeast

Thursday, October 18 -- 1 to 2 pm EST

Newspaper publishing in New England and the Mid-Atlantic stateshas had a long and proud history, going back to the colonial era. In this webinar we’ll explore the rich histories of prominent newspapers such as the Boston Herald, New York Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Springfield Republican, Trenton Evening Times, Washington Evening Star and others.

New Webinars: Historical Perspectives on the American South, West and Northeast

Afro-Americana Imprints—Now available for institutional trial

The digital edition of one of the world's preeminent collections for African American studies is now available for institutional trial. Created from the Library Company of Philadephia’s acclaimed Afro-Americana Collection—an accumulation that began with Benjamin Franklin and steadily increased throughout its entire history—this unique online resource will provide researchers with more than 12,000 printed works. These books, pamphlets, and broadsides, including many lesser-known imprints, hold a matchless record of African American history, literature, and culture.

This long-awaited collection spans nearly 400 years, from the early 16th to the early 20th centuries. Critically important subjects covered include the discovery and exploitation of Africa by the West; the rise of slavery in the New World along with the growth and success of abolitionist movements; the development of racial thought and racism; descriptions of African American life throughout the Americas; slavery and race in fiction and drama; and many others.

Afro-Americana Imprints—Now available for institutional trial

Hitler’s Secret Mistress

Eva Braun (1912-1945)

In his recent review of Heike Görtemaker’s new book Eva Braun: Life with Hitler (New York Review of Books, Vol. 59, No. 7, Apr. 26, 2012), British historian Antony Beevor writes:

Although the American press had strong inklings of Hitler’s relationship with Eva Braun as early as May 1939, in Germany only Hitler’s intimate circle knew of her existence. (p. 26)

Springfield Daily Republican (Dec. 31, 1937). Source: American Newspaper Archives.

As early as Dec. 31, 1937, however, an article in the Springfield Daily Republican of Springfield, Massachusetts, under the title “Hitler Is In Love, His Foes Whisper” with a dateline of Berlin, Dec. 30, begins:

A new anti-Nazi underground organization today circulated through Berlin pamphlets saying Chancellor Hitler has formed a romantic attachment to an obscure German girl. The girl’s name was given as Eva Braun and she was described as an assistant to Hitler’s official photographer, Herr Hoffman. (p. 7)

Hitler’s Secret Mistress

Announcing the digital edition of Washington, D.C.’s Evening Star, 1852-1922

Old Evening Star Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. -- Source: Carol M. Highsmith Archive (Library of Congress)

This spring Readex will begin releasing a complete 70-year span of The Evening Star—one of the most influential newspapers in U.S. history. For more than a century, historians have regarded The Evening Star as the newspaper of record for the nation’s capital. Today, curators from leading newspaper repositories cite this long-running afternoon daily as one of their most heavily researched papers.

Man buying The Evening Star from newsboy -- Source: National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress)

Announcing the digital edition of Washington, D.C.’s Evening Star, 1852-1922

Readex announces Early American Newspapers, Series 8 and Series 9, 1832-1922

From Early American Newspapers, Series 9

This spring Readex will begin releasing two new series in its acclaimed Early American Newspapers collection. Early American Newspapers, Series 8 and Series 9 both feature full runs through 1922 of important, long-running titles from diverse regions of the United States. Each is notable for its depth of 19th- and early 20th-century news coverage, as exemplified by the large number of pages in every issue. Together, the titles in these two new series further expand the political, geographical and chronological depth of Early American Newspapers.  

From Early American Newspapers, Series 8

Readex announces Early American Newspapers, Series 8 and Series 9, 1832-1922

Finding Fatalism and Overconfidence in a Cruel Port (by Ian Olivo Read)

Finding Fatalism and Overconfidence in a Cruel Port: The Bubonic Plague’s First Appearance in Brazil

By Ian Olivo Read, Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, Soka University of America

Published by Stanford University Press on January 25, 2012

On October 18, 1899, Brazilian health officials declared that bubonic plague had arrived. Bacteriologists identified the bacteria in samples taken from sick patients in Santos, a port city that had grown rapidly due to Brazil’s coffee boom. For much of history, people reacted to the news of plague with panic, flight and violence. When plague struck Santos, however, the town did not empty of its residents, international ships were not quarantined outside the port, and authorities or militias did not form “rifle cordons” at roads leading out of town. In fact, according to one report, “the news that bubonic plague had broken out in Santos seems to have made an impression everywhere but here. Santistas are, as a rule, of a somewhat skeptic frame of mind and reports about sickness and epidemics do not frighten them unduly.”

Source: Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922

Finding Fatalism and Overconfidence in a Cruel Port (by Ian Olivo Read)

Explore new collections at ALA Midwinter: Visit Readex at Booth 1311 in Dallas

If you will be attending the ALA Midwinter Conference, please visit Readex at NewsBank booth 1311. Our newest collections available for demonstration—either in Dallas or at your desk—include: Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1995 This authoritative digital edition is an important supplement to FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1996. With emphasis on communist and developing countries, JPRS Reports is a uniquely valuable resource for researching socioeconomic, political, environmental, military, religious, and scientific issues and trends. (Request Trial) African American Periodicals, 1825-1995 Drawn from holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society, African American Periodicals ranges over more than 150 years of American life, from slavery during the Antebellum Period to the struggles and triumphs of the modern era. Like African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, this new collection is based on James Danky's monumental bibliography.

Explore new collections at ALA Midwinter: Visit Readex at Booth 1311 in Dallas

Amundsen, Scott and Their Race to the South Pole

The Morning Oregonian (Aug. 23, 1908)

It was 100 years ago this month that Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, reached the South Pole. For the first time, two expeditions were making attempts to get there in the same summer season. Amundsen had been a member of an earlier expedition to Antarctica and had led expeditions in the Arctic. Robert F. Scott had led an earlier British expedition to Antarctica, and he was back to make another attempt to reach the pole. Their expeditions and their leadership styles continue to fascinate us.

Here’s how a new business book excerpted by Fortune Magazine (Oct. 17, 2011), Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen, compares them:

Cleveland Plain Dealer (June 2, 1901)

Amundsen, Scott and Their Race to the South Pole

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