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Readex to Launch Digital Edition of American Pamphlets
The digital collection American Pamphlets, Series 1, 1820-1922: From the New-York Historical Society will be introduced in late spring 2013 by Readex, a division of NewsBank. Collected and catalogued by one of the world’s leading historical societies, the 25,000-plus short works in this new online resource represent an extensive, yet under-researched, record of American history, society, culture, and contemporary life.
Subjects addressed in these hard-to-find pamphlets, which were printed in 49 states between the Jacksonian Era and the dawn of the Jazz Age, include art and entertainment, business and economics, health and medicine, immigrants and ethnic groups, American Indians, slavery and the Civil War, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, women, and more.
“Pamphlets were used as a relatively inexpensive way to distribute diverse opinions and wide-ranging information to a large number of people,” says David Lincove, professor of History, Political Science, Public Affairs & Philosophy librarian at Ohio State University. “This new digital collection of thousands of searchable pamphlets will appeal to a broad audience interested in American political, social, educational, religious, and cultural history between 1820 and 1922. Students and researchers will find an enormous amount of unique and eclectic material related to ideas, events, institutions, and people of the time.”
This large collection will be fully integrated into America’s Historical Imprints for seamless searching with Early American Imprints, Series I and II, 1639-1819; American Broadsides and Ephemera: From the American Antiquarian Society; and Afro-Americana, 1535-1922: From the Library Company of Philadelphia.
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