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Digital Early American Newspapers

NAPLES, Fla./Wednesday, June 21, 2006 � Readex, a leading publisher of online historical collections, announced today the completion of Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876. An integral part of Readex’s acclaimed Web-based Archive of Americana, this digital edition offers fully searchable, cover-to-cover reproductions of nearly 350,000 issues from over 700 historical American newspapers, totaling more than 1.5 million pages. Digitized primarily from the extensive historical newspaper holdings of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), and published in cooperation with the AAS, Early American Newspapers, Series I is a collection of great significance for historical researchers at all levels.

Early American Newspapers, Series I provides unprecedented access to America’s past by documenting daily life, popular issues and events and both majority and minority views in hundreds of communities. Focusing largely on the 18th century and offering titles from 23 states and the District of Columbia, this comprehensive resource is based on Clarence S. Brigham’s “History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820” and other authoritative bibliographies. Users can easily view, magnify, print and save items and limit searches to items that fall into such categories as news/opinion, election returns, letters, poetry, legislative acts or legal proceedings, prices, advertisements, matrimony notices and death notices.

“The joint effort of Readex and the American Antiquarian Society has led to the creation of a digital historical newspaper collection of unparalleled breadth and depth,” said Ellen S. Dunlap, President of the American Antiquarian Society. “We are pleased to see our vast newspaper holdings serve to further contribute to fresh understandings of our nation’s past.”

“Now, Web-based access to one of the most valuable sources for 18th- and 19th-century historical research is enabling students and scholars at hundreds of institutions worldwide to explore nearly every aspect of early America,” said Remmel Nunn, Readex Vice President of New Product Development.

Benjamin Reiss, Associate Professor of English at Tulane University, said, “How jealous I am of the students who will be able to use this wonderful resource! The digital version of Early American Newspapers gives them an unfair advantage over all previous generations of scholars who had to spend months or even years seekingâ€â€?and perhaps never findingâ€â€?what can now be found with a few keystrokes.”

As part of the America’s Historical Newspapers collection, Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876 shares a common interface with Early American Newspapers, Series II, 1758-1900 and Early American Newspapers, Series III, 1829-1922.

For more information on the digital edition of Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876, the Archive of Americana or other Readex products, visit www.readex.com.

About the American Antiquarian Society
Founded in 1812 as the country’s first national historical organization, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library today houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, as well as manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary works, bibliographies, and other reference works related to all aspects of American history and culture before the twentieth century. The Society sponsors a broad range
of programs�visiting research fellowships, research, education, publications, lectures, and concerts�for constituencies ranging from school children and their teachers through undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, creative and performing artists and writers, and the general public.

About Readex
For more than 50 years, the Readex name has been synonymous with research in historical printed materials and government documents. Recognized by librarians, students and scholars for its efforts to transform academic research, Readex offers a wealth of Web-based, primary source materials in the humanities and social sciences. Today, Readex, a division of NewsBank, inc., has established a leadership position among publishers by creating the digital Archive of Americana, a family of online collections that provides unprecedented access to the history, culture and daily life of the United States over more than three centuries.

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For more information or to speak with a Readex expert, contact Readex Marketing Manager David Loiterstein by calling 1.203.421.0152 or by emailing “dloiterstein at readex.com”.

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