Malvern, PA (September 24, 2009) – Accessible Archives, Inc.©, a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced the expansion of its existing database, The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective, with the addition of two new parts, each of which may be acquired individually. The enhanced database will be renamed simply The Civil War.
This cooperative venture was initiated by Godfrey Memorial Library, an Accessible Archives© customer, and coordinated by Unlimited Priorities, a company specializing in support for organizations within the information industry, acting in a consultative capacity. Godfrey Memorial Library has a wealth of archival materials and thought they would complement Accessible Archives’ offerings. A review of the Civil War-related materials persuaded Accessible Archives and Unlimited Priorities that a potential existed for a commercial product within the Civil War area. Accessible Archives agreed to perform the conversion in return for commercial rights.
The new parts consist of book titles supplied by the Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, Connecticut, a library dedicated to promoting the study of family history by making genealogical and historical resources available to all on both a national and international level. It is interesting to note that, depending on the author, the war might be referred to as the War Between the States, War of the Rebellion, War of Secession or Civil War.
The Civil War: The Soldiers’ Perspective. Provides an in-depth look at the day-to-day actions of the troops themselves, primarily in the form of regimental histories. Usually written by an individual, but sometimes compiled by a committee, these books were published after the war to document what actually happened. While some battle and war narratives are included, the focus was primarily on the individual rather than on regimental action. Additional contents include rosters and muster lists containing the names of those killed, wounded and missing in action. All Union regiments are represented.
The Civil War: The Generals’ Perspective. These volumes allow a look into the way the battles within the war were fought. Here the emphasis is on strategies and tactics as planned and executed by the commanding officers, with a longer-term view as opposed to daily concerns. Many of these books were written to raise money. For example, General Grant wrote his memoirs to provide for his family as he was dying of cancer. As memoirs, many of the books go beyond the war to describe an officer’s entire career. There also is a large variety of letters and other correspondence. While the emphasis is on the Union, a number of Confederate generals’ narratives are included, as well.
With the 150 year anniversary of the beginning of the (Civil) war this is the perfect time to provide additional content to scholars and researchers. –Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives
Bruce Tyler, Director of Godfrey Memorial Library, commented on the relationship with Accessible Archives: “Godfrey Library is in the business of making its historical and genealogical materials open to the public in a cost effective way. We are happy to work with Accessible Archives in this regard to make these rare historical works available to university libraries.”
Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives‘ COO, responded, “These new collections mesh perfectly with our current Civil War collection. With the 150 year anniversary of the beginning of the war this is the perfect time to provide additional content to scholars and researchers.”
About Accessible Archives Inc.
Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Accessible Archives has retained Unlimited Priorities Corporation as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.
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