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Readex Expands Early American Newspapers with Series 10

Hundreds of essential titles from all 50 present states—now searchable for the first time

January 23, 2014

(NAPLES, FL) — Featuring some of the earliest and rarest newspapers in each region of the United States, Early American Newspapers, Series 10, 1730-1900, will be introduced in April 2014 by Readex, a division of NewsBank. This online record of the American experience will offer access to 440 searchable newspapers addressing nearly every facet of local, regional, and national history during the 18th- and 19th-centuries.  Series 10 also expands the political, geographical, and chronological depth of the nine previous series of Early American Newspapers, 1690-1922, the single most comprehensive resource of its kind.

Within the hundreds of additional titles in Series 10 are more than 60 18th-century newspapers providing fresh insight into the Colonial and Revolutionary War eras. Among these are especially early titles from such states as Florida, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. The earliest 19th-century newspapers in this new collection include more than 160 published before 1825, offering new material on Westward expansion, the Early National era and other major topics. Also here are more than 200 newspapers published between 1825 and 1900, including the first papers published in the newly formed states of Arizona, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota.

Based on the renowned holdings of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), Series 10 also includes titles from the Wisconsin Historical Society and other institutions. “As the nation’s chief repository for early American newspapers, the American Antiquarian Society is proud of our long-standing partnership with Readex to make newspapers more readily available to scholars worldwide,” says Ellen S. Dunlap, President of the American Antiquarian Society. “Early American Newspapers, Series 10, draws from some of our rarest early newspaper holdings, and exemplifies our enduring effort to add newly discovered titles and editions to this expanding Readex series.”

Notable titles include Pennsylvania Gazette(new issues for 1776-1793),one of the 18th-century’s most respected newspapers; Richmond Sentinel, which provides a rich portrayal of Virginia and Southern politics during the Civil War; Louisville Daily Courier, a pro-Confederacy paper in a crucial border state; Fort Smith Weekly New Era, a pro-Union, Republican paper from Arkansas; Chicago Republican, one of the region’s most influential newspapers during early years of the Reconstruction Era; Manchester Daily Mirror, one of New England’s most popular newspapers; Gallup Gleaner, which offers a vivid look at the intersection of New Mexico cultures prior to statehood; Los Angeles Daily Star and Oakland Daily Transcript, two early California dailies; Puget Sound Weekly Argus, featuring first-hand accounts of Washington’s booming timber and mining economies; and many others.

“It has now been a decade since Readex launched the first series of Early American Newspapers, and we believe Series 10 is a fitting way for Readex to mark this 10th anniversary,” says Remmel Nunn, vice president, Readex. “Like the earliest series, Series 10 contains hundreds of very early newspapers from every region of the U.S., demonstrating our ongoing commitment to find and organize the most elusive newspapers in America’s history. ‘Early’ in New England, of course, is very different from ‘early’ in California, hence the expansive 170-year scope of Series 10.  This has also enabled us to provide ample new coverage from the Colonial Era to the Civil War to the dawn of the 20th century.”

As part of America’s Historical Newspapers, Early American Newspapers, Series 10, shares a common interface with all other Readex newspaper collections, enabling seamless searching with 20th-Century American Newspapers, American Ethnic Newspapers, American Newspaper Archives, Caribbean Newspapers, and all previous series of Early American Newspapers.

About the American Antiquarian Society
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, and graphic arts material printed from first contact through 1876 in what is now the United States, Canada, and the West Indies. The AAS collections also contain manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary works, bibliographies, and other reference works related to all aspects of American history and culture before the twentieth century. The library contains more than two-thirds of all known imprints created in America before 1821, making it the single greatest repository of such materials in the world. Additionally, the Society’s holdings of American printed materials dating from 1821 through 1876 are among the strongest anywhere.

About Readex, a division of NewsBank
For more than sixty years, the Readex name has been synonymous with research in historical materials and government documents. Recognized by librarians, students, and scholars for its efforts to transform academic scholarship, Readex offers a wealth of Web-based collections in the humanities and social sciences, including the Archive of Americana, a family of historical collections featuring searchable books, pamphlets, newspapers, and government documents printed in America over three centuries, and the World Newspaper Archive, created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries. Also available are the Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports and the Joint Publications Research Service Reports, two of the U.S. government's fundamental sources of foreign intelligence gathered from publicly available media during the second half of the 20th century.
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