Ebsco’s AAS Historical Periodicals Collection trial — Extended to Jan. 20

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Ebsco has released Series 3 and 4 of its 5-part American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection. This extends coverage from 1691 in Series 1 through 1865 in Series 4. All four of the available series are now accessible to UMass Lowell users on a trial basis, originally through the month of November 2011, and now extended through Nauary 20, 2012.

The AAS collections consist of the following four year ranges: 1691 – 18201821 – 1837, 1838-1852,  and 1853-1865. When complete there will be one more series added.

The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection Series 1: 1691-1820 presents 550 titles. Representing over two centuries of print culture and ranging from early works imported by the colonists to later titles published on American soil on the eve of the Revolution and during the early republic.

The (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection Series 2:  1821 – 1837 presents over 1000 titles that cover the Jacksonian Democracy era and includes agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS): Series 3: 1838-1852 presents over 1,800 titles that reveal a rapidly growing young nation, where industrialization, the railroads, regional political differences, and life on the western frontier were daily realities. Subjects covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS): Series 4: 1853-1865 presents over 1,100 titles that focuses on the Civil War but also includes a diverse record of the continuance of daily life for many Americans—both leading up to and during the war. News from the battlefront can be found, in addition to the usual breadth of subject matter found in previous collections that include science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.

The entire AAS Historical Periodicals Collection will consist of five series created from serials holdings belonging to one of the premier repositories in the United States, the American Antiquarian Society, and featuring about 6500 titles from the seventeenth through the late nineteenth century.

Access to these trials is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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