Recent Praise
New Reviews and Accolades

“Readex recently expanded their African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, Series 1 collection with 75 additional titles, to now tally more than 350 newspapers. Editor Danky, who compiled African-American Newspapers and Periodicals selected materials for this newly released Series 2.…The content is significant, and researchers will appreciate having access to such a large collection of primary sources….researchers seeking historical African American perspectives from the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries will certainly appreciate the breadth of this collection.”
— L. Stern, SUNY Cortland, in Choice (April 2017)

“We have used Irish Historical Newspapers for over ten years, and in that time countless students have used it for their research. I routinely demonstrate its use to students for a whole variety of historic research, from advertisements for agricultural events to radio program reviews. Obituaries, descriptions of political or social events, or comment and opinion on the events of the day are all useful for researchers.  At this moment I am searching for contemporary accounts of events during the Land War, and I have used the collection to assist many scholars when they have failed to find the information they sought in books or journals.”
— Aedín Ní Bhróithe Clements, Irish Studies Librarian and Curator of Irish Studies Collections, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

“The Immigration, Migrations and Refugees database is a timely archival resource for students, scholars and reference librarians dealing with political science, international studies, population studies and world history topics….But, the most important aspect of the database is that it gives a global perspective from newspapers, government documents and broadcasts worldwide….This information could be used in a variety of disciplines or for anyone interested in what motivates people to leave their homelands, often with very little choice in the matter. Scholars working on projects regarding movements of populations will find it essential, and students could also find it a useful source of primary source historical documents.”
— Jamie Bloss, Readers Services Librarian, University of the South Pacific in Reference Reviews (2017)

American Gazettes: Newspapers of Record will open new horizons for researchers, as it makes this rare primary source material available to much larger audiences. It will foster new interpretations of life and events. It will also be of great value for genealogists, cultural historians and scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including American studies, history, journalism, political science and religion.”
— Norman Desmarais, Professor Emeritus, Providence College, in Reference Reviews (2017)

“American domestic affairs provided plenty of fodder for foreign journalists, particularly in the area of race relations, and the FBIS monitoring produced a rich collection of reports from the outside on America’s mid-to-late twentieth-century confrontations with its troubled racial past and present. Readex has collected these reports in a database entitled American Race Relations: Global Perspectives 1941-1996….This resource may also aid students and researchers in making global connections to the American race story….Although many of the articles were produced as anti-American propaganda pieces by communist governments, their perspectives might be seen as a corrective to the one-sided reporting by many of the mainstream news outlets in the USA at the time. Further, in an era where one can customize their news intake to reflect one’s personal view of the world, these articles prove the importance of reading global perspectives to be truly informed….Seeking global perspectives on the past and the present is one way to step out of the echo chamber. Librarians, teaching faculty and general researchers will find this database a useful discussion tool and research resource.”
— Bart Everts, Librarian of Practice, Rutgers University, in Reference Reviews (2017)

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives [is] a new family of digital resources for teaching and research in popular topics in academic libraries. Each of these collections offers new insight for teaching and scholarship in 20th-century geopolitics for a variety of disciplines. The five collections from the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency are comprised of primary source documents from around the world, including government publications, magazines, newspapers, and transcribed television and radio broadcasts, all collected and translated by the Central Intelligence Agency between 1941 and 1996.”
— Reference 2017, supplement to Library Journal (Nov. 1, 2016)

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives is the collective title for five new Readex full-text databases of primary source materials derived from communications media and government documents produced outside North America. Collections feature topical selections drawn from the Central Intelligence Agency's Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941–1996 or its Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957–1995.

Apartheid: Global Perspectives 1946–1996…focuses on South African racial policy with numerous references to treatment of subordinated peoples elsewhere. Media sources covered are primarily from South Africa, the Soviet Union, or China, with occasional coverage elsewhere.…American Race Relations: Global Perspectives, 1941–1996…features African American and other US minorities' experiences during and following World War II as recorded by foreign governments and the media. Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives, 1941–1996…focuses on persons displaced or otherwise impacted by conflict (e.g., Vietnamese, Palestinian, or Salvadoran peoples, among others) ….The Cold War: Global Perspectives on East-West Tensions, 1945–1991…includes primary sources that document the pervasive fear (or favor) regarding communism and related ideologies as these sentiments were brought to bear on international alliances, wars and conflicts, economic relationships, technological competition and exchange, and the worldwide demonstration of support for (or opposition to) emerging post-colonial nations. The final collection, Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958–1994 … covers reporting from within and outside the relevant countries of that part of the world where commentary on politics, the economy, social relations, and ethnicity often appears inseparable from religious practice for much of the population….Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates through researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners.”
—K. Cleland-Sipfle, Southern Oregon University in Choice (Nov. 2016)
 
African American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1827-1998, provides online access to more than 350 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the black American experience.  Researchers will find firsthand perspectives on notable Americans from Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington to W.E.B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as obituaries, advertisements, editorials and illustrations. The collection includes historically significant papers from more than 35 states including rare 19th-century titles published by or for black Americans, digitized for convenient browsing and searching.”
— “Newsprint in Black” in Library Journal (Oct. 15. 2016)

“Readex has recently added five specialized collections to America’s Historical Newspapers….Together, these five new collections span every U.S. region, focusing primarily on the 19th century and areas such as business, gazettes, politics and religion….these five collections are exceptional additions to America’s Historical Newspapers and are highly recommended for academic libraries seeking to expand their primary source coverage in history.  In particular, for libraries whose patrons’ historical research needs intersect with agriculture, business, political science, or religion, these resources provide access to materials not easily found elsewhere.”
— Brian Sullivan, Information Literacy Librarian, Alfred University, in Library Journal (June 1, 2016)

“With over 25,000 pamphlets available, dating from 1820 through 1922, the New York Historical Society, in collaboration with Readex, a Division of NewsBank, has unleashed a wealth of information that covers a multitude of topics. From the Cuban Revolution to rum to embroidery, the subjects are varied and provide a unique snapshot of contemporary societal thoughts and concerns….Useful to historians, academics, and students, American Pamphlets provides easy searching and a menagerie of ways to browse its content.  From genre and subject to place of publication and language, the information can be sorted and searched with users’ ease and accessibility in mind….While many places have collections of pamphlets, this is the first large scale digitization of American pamphlets….The Readex American Pamphlets collection is an excellent database for researchers and university students.  It provides a delightful snapshot of contemporaneous views and thoughts on a variety of topics from the cultural to the political.”
— Kevin Klesta, Metadata Archivist, State Archives of North Carolina, in Reference Reviews (Vol. 30, No. 5, 2016)

“Pamphlets are source material for studying contemporary opinions and events of history. … But they are notoriously hard to collect, arrange, and catalog ….The scope and variety of the materials included in this new online collection assembled by Readex in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society are very broad….Having more than 25,000 of these rare items available online for close inspection is a great thing."
— D. K. Blewett, College of DuPage in Choice (March 2016)

"Readex, a division of NewsBank, has been publishing primary research materials for over 60 years and has partnered with the American Antiquarian Society for almost that long. The latest collaborative effort has resulted in the release of Series 10, 1730-1900 and Series 11, 1803-1899 in its Early American Newspapers collection...Series 10 adds more than 440 new titles, including Ben Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette and many major political organs of their time, such as the National Intelligencer and The Chicago Republican. Series 11 adds 130 titles, including those such as the New York Herald, New York World, Cherokee Advocate, and the New Orleans Commercial Bulletin....

"Readex's expanding collection of historical US newspapers offers excellent breadth and depth—an unparalleled resource for all who pursue historical research in a great range of academic disciplines, as well as journalists, teachers, and genealogists. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic audiences; professionals/practitioners; general readers."
— J. A. Knapp, Penn State University, reviewing Early American Newspapers, Series 10 and 11, in Choice (Dec. 2015)

“With unique content combined with the superb quality and accessibility, American Pamphlets, Series 1, 1820–1922 is a remarkable product. It will serve researchers from high school to postdoctoral studies and beyond. Large public and university libraries will be interested, and other institutions serving scholars in American politics, history, culture, gender and ethnic issues, religion, and education should consider.”
Library Journal (Nov. 1, 2015)

“Current events in the U.S. have created renewed interest in African American studies. Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535–1922 adds to the extant research materials by providing primary sources covering the history, peoples, literature, and social and economic development of African Americans over nearly four centuries….This is a rich digital collection, allowing scholars worldwide to explore new aspects of people, places, and material culture from the past that have direct bearing on the present. The search interface, seamlessly integrated with other Readex collections…is designed with novices as well as expert researchers in mind.…Summing Up: Highly recommended.”
— D. W. Bilal, Missouri State Library, in Choice (Nov. 2015)

“Already one of the most significant digitized collections of Black print in existence, Readex’s African American Newspapers will become with this expansion an essential resource for anyone interested in American literature, culture, and history.”
—Eric Gardner, Professor of English, Saginaw Valley State University, writing about African American Newspapers, Series 2

 “… these often fugitive newspapers preserve a critically important documentation of American life, politics, art, and culture.”
—Randall K. Burkett, Research Curator for African American Collections, Emory University, writing about African American Newspapers, Series 2

 “The historical span of the collection, its broad geographic scope, and the inclusion of non-English language papers will prove immensely helpful for scholarship and teaching in African American history, culture, literature, and related fields.”
—Britt Rusert, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, writing about African American Newspapers, Series 2

Many resources are devoted to African American history and culture, but few offer the archival detail of Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922….a multifaceted file for students and researchers of all types.

“…the new interface…is a significant improvement in terms of usability and function. Clearly labeled "browse by" options are in the middle of the page and include genre, subjects, author, history of printing, place of publication, and language. The purposely large boxes are easy to read, meaning patrons should be able to navigate them with ease.”
— Library Journal (June 1, 2015)

The Early American Newspapers collection contains over 2,000 newspapers of historical importance, both at the national and the local level, including the Pennsylvania Gazette, New York Herald, Boston Herald and Times-Picayune. Each series in the collection covers a different time span, and series can be selected individually or in combination to build a collection best suited to the needs of each institution’s users….Early American Newspapers uses the America’s Historical Newspapers interface, which makes it simple to search or browse….The simple search interface should make this database user-friendly for undergraduate researchers, while the thoughtful filtering options, as well as the sheer scope of the collection, will be a boon for more advanced researchers, such as graduate students and faculty.”
— Lindley Homol, Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland University College Library, in Reference Reviews (Vol. 29, No. 2, 2015)

“American Broadsides and Ephemera….provides an invaluable and unique perspective on American history and culture. There are three ways of searching this collection: browsing, searching or an advanced search.…Looking at the genre browse clearly indicates the extent of this phenomenal collection. One can browse by a wide variety of genres including ship cards, burlesque, cookbooks, riddles, sermons and many others. This alone indicates the complexity of this collection; complex and in-depth, but easy to search….The end result of all these options is that the researcher has control over how the searching is done and can make the search process as simple or as complex as they wish.

“The scanning of the items is of the best quality.…With high-quality scans or reproductions, an incredibly complex and powerful array of search capabilities and an overall structure and nature that highlights ephemeral resources that were never intended to survive, American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1 (1749-1900) is to be highly recommended as a primary source for the study of American history.”
— Scott Millard, Administrator, Library Services, Halton Catholic District School in Reference Reviews (Vol. 29, No. 1, 2015)

Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920, provides a treasure trove of documents: richly diverse in form and content, useful for cultural, social and political history, and offering perspectives not available in other collections. The digitization of these materials from the Library Company of Philadelphia is a wonderful gift for all researchers seeking to better understand the history of the Caribbean.”
— Laurent Dubois, Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History, Duke University, and author of Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004)

“The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Afro-Americana collection has long been one of the essential archives for early African American studies.  From broadsides to sermons to pamphlets to narratives, it has been indispensable to every stage of my research.  Now its online iteration, Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922, has become central to how I teach early African American literature and print culture.  The collection’s breadth (generic, linguistic, geographic) and depth has allowed me to introduce students (graduate and undergraduate) and colleagues to the archive of Afro-Americana in ways heretofore impossible.  What once took forays into multiple online sources, microfilm collections, personal archives, and anthologies can now be done through one online interface.  More, the organization by Genre, Subject, Author, History of Printing, Place of Publication, and Language provides multiple vectors for engaging the archive.  The History of Printing category has been especially helpful for giving a sense of just how vast early African American print production was, while the Genre breakdown provides both organization and points of departure for thinking about how we categorize and canonize texts in the field more broadly.  While online interfaces can never replace encounters with material objects, Afro-Americana Imprints and its independently available subset of Black Authors makes getting students excited about archival research much easier.  In that sense, it provides a fantastic gateway to black print culture.”
— Derrick R. Spires, Assistant Professor of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Readex's new digital collection, Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia, contains a wealth of rare and invaluable materials capturing the mosaic character of the Caribbean region and its diverse peoples, cultures, languages, and institutions over five centuries.”
 Brooke N. Newman, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia offers Atlantic world scholars and historians of the Early American Republic a vital tool to examine with greater scrutiny Caribbean colonies, nations, and people that made an important impact on politics, economies, religions, and cultures in the Atlantic world. One the collection’s true strengths is its geographic breadth: in more than 1,200 imprints it covers nearly all of the Caribbean from local, European, and American perspectives between the mid-sixteenth century to the early-twentieth century. The diverse language offering of the imprints (including Dutch, German, Italian, French, Spanish, and English) is another valuable tool for researchers. For scholars of Haiti, the database holds a myriad of French and English language imprints from the Old Regime, Revolutionary Period, and Independence throughout the nineteenth century. The collection’s holdings of novels, nonfiction works, memoirs, travel literature, and government documents will be of great importance to researchers interested in slavery, gender, religion, independence movements, migrations, social movements, military actions, and political transitions.”
— Ronald Angelo Johnson, author of Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance

“The Library Company of Philadelphia is an incredible resource for research in Africana Studies. The new Readex database, African History and Culture, 1540-1921: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia, provides a digitized and searchable version of a vast amount of material from the Library Company’s collection. Researchers will find a variety of sources available at their fingertips, including early modern travel narratives written by Europeans, African language spelling books, and some of the first printed documents produced in Liberia. This database is especially important in facilitating the study of the slave trade, slavery, and abolition in the Atlantic World. It will allow scholars, researchers, and students to ask new and creative questions in Africana history and engage with the archive in depth.”
— Marie Stango, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Michigan

“The digitization of this unique collection will enable many more scholars to explore the history of Africa and its relation to early America and the larger Atlantic World.  When a collection of this type becomes available online, scholarship about the topic often expands exponentially.  I expect this invaluable collection to have a similar impact on the field.”
— Billy Smith, Distinguished Professor of Letters & Science, Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Montana State University

“There is simply no rival for this vast array of searchable books in English, French, and Spanish, which include both contemporary bestsellers and lesser-known works.  Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920, will be an indispensable tool for students and scholars of the Greater Caribbean, the Atlantic World, Latin America, and Early (North) America.”
— Wim Klooster, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Clark University

“At last! Black Authors, 1556-1922, is a dream come true for the early African-Americanist. A tremendous boon!”
— Jeannine Marie DeLombard, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara

“The availability of the Early American Newspapers database of thousands of Manhattan newspapers from that period also helped—and I read them all!  (This is slightly less impressive than it sounds; each issue was normally only 4 pages.) But that's the challenge if you're trying to a write a narrative history that has anything like a novelistic level of detail—it's not just the big stuff, like the details of the case in itself, it's the little stuff like what color was someone's bedstead painted, what did they eat for dinner that night, whose house down the street got robbed the week before, which juror ran a grocery with another juror a decade earlier, that sort of thing.  You can't get that from standard accounts; it's only diaries and searchable scanned newspapers that can dredge up that stuff.” 
— Paul Collins, author of Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take On America's First Sensational Murder Mystery, on Fine Books & Collections.com (Jan. 2015)

Latin American Newspapers, Series 2, 1822-1922, is an expansion of the original collection (CH, Oct’09, 47-0599), continuing Readex’s partnership with the Center for Research Libraries….Geographic coverage in Series 2 spans the whole region, from Mexico to the Southern Cone….The majority of the content is in Spanish with some significant material in Portuguese….The images and PDFs are high quality, especially considering the original source material….This database can be acquired as a stand-alone collection but is best seen as an expansion of the earlier series. Libraries that own or are considering purchasing Series 1 should give it strong consideration. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Libraries with the earlier series; lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.”
— L. Gardinier, University of Iowa in Choice (January 2015)


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