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EBSCO and ATLA to Create Digital Archives for Purchase

EBSCO Publishing ( has partnered with American Theological Library Association (ATLA; to provide new collections of historical monographs and serials in digital format. ATLA Historical Monographs Collection: 19th Century, ATLA Historical Monographs Collection: Early 20th Century, and ATLA Historical Serials Collection will consist of digital versions of rare and historical primary sources.

EBSCO will enable libraries to purchase ownership of each collection rather than provide leased access, which is required with subscription-based databases. Digital archive products are typically sold as "static" collections for a one-time purchase price with an annual maintenance fee. (This is a first for EBSCO Publishing, which has always provided databases on a subscription basis.)

The monograph collections will contain more than 29,000 monographs covering religion and theology. The majority of the monographs date from 1850 through 1923 with the earliest monograph from 1322. The monograph collections are estimated to include 7.5 million pages of content. The historical serials collection will contain more than 1,200 serials from the early 19th century to the early 20th century and are estimated to include 5.4 million pages of content. With each collection, researchers can view all of the typography, graphics, and drawings as they were originally presented.

EBSCO will provide access via its EBSCOhost interface. In addition to the new digital content, EBSCO is an aggregator of ATLA’s complete collection of subscription-based databases, including the ATLA Religion Database, ATLA Serials (ATLAS), Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (produced from a partnership with the Catholic Library Association), New Testament Abstracts (produced from a partnership with Boston College), and Old Testament Abstracts (produced from a partnership with the Catholic Biblical Association).

Source: EBSCO Publishing

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