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EBSCO Publishing Releases Two New Digital Archive Databases

Gateway to America: The People, Places, and Organizations of 19th Century New York and Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books archive databases from the New-York Historical Society, are now available from EBSCO Publishing. The archives represent the latest in EBSCO’s diverse and rapidly expanding collection of digital historical archives.

Gateway to America: The People, Places, and Organizations of 19th-Century New York is a diverse collection of historical directories, yearbooks, registers, member lists, organization reports, guidebooks, primary source documents and publications, and name rich sources from the New-York Historical Society. This unique collection, which includes historical maps, advertisements, and vital records, presents a history of the people and organizations of New York from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries. As New York was the country’s focal point of industry, trade, commerce, and immigration, this collection features materials chronicling this gateway to the U.S. during this influential historical time period.

Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books from the New-York Historical Society contains more than 30,000 pages of handwritten, historically valuable material from 1748 to 1817. Orderly Books were the controlling document of the day-to-day life in the military, most notably during the Revolutionary War. They once numbered in the hundreds of thousands and only a fraction of that number still exist. This material is fully transcribed and fully searchable while viewing the handwritten documents. Detailing accounts of troops' daily life, Orderly Books contain important historical information, such as the names of unit members, troop movements, court-martial proceedings, quantities of supplies, relevant acts from Congress, the general state of morale, and other information important to the respective units. Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books provide valuable information about the important and mundane activities of soldiers’ lives and are essential sources for researchers.

EBSCO provides access via its Digital Archives Viewer. The viewer brings content alive and allows users to explore, manipulate, collect, and export content. The unique functionality of the Digital Archives Viewer enables it to reproduce the best aspects of the physical library research experience while incorporating the advances in modern digital technology.

Source: EBSCO Publishing



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