First Full Collection of Accessible Archives’ Databases Now Online at

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Accessible Archives’ complete collection of databases is now online at All of these databases are free to access until August 1, 2007. The paragraphs below describe each of the databases.

American County Histories to 1900

The full text searchability will permit the student/researcher to instantly explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format by merely scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter. The Table of Contents is hyperlinked to each chapter as well as to each individual illustration. The user can select a particular graphic from the List of Illustrations, and proceed immediately to it by clicking on the highlighted text.

This technology will eliminate the cumbersome task of reading each volume page by page to find a specific subject. The serious scholar as well as the casual researcher will find a wealth of useful and interesting materials contained in these unique databases.

Most of these large volumes were published between 1870 and 1900 and have long formed the cornerstone of local historical and genealogical research. They are encyclopedic in scope and virtually limitless in their research possibilities.

These books include chapters which cover in great detail: local history, geology, geography, weather, transportation, lists of all local participants in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, government, medical and legal professions, churches and ministers, industry and manufacturing, banking and insurance, Schools and teachers, noted celebrations, fire departments and associations, cemeteries, family history, Health and vital statistics, roads and bridges, public officials and legislators, and many others.

County Histories

New York (Part I: Southeast) Total Histories – 9
New York (Part II: Central) Total Histories – 13
Maryland Total Histories – 10
New Jersey Total Histories – 13
Pennsylvania (Part I: Eastern Counties) Total Histories – 10
Pennsylvania (Part II. Central Counties) Total Histories – 12
Pennsylvania (Part III. Southwest Counties) Total Histories – 13
Pennsylvania (Part IV: Northwest Counties) Total Histories – 12

The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue: Chester County (1809-1870)
(More than 25,000 records)

This database is primarily a listing of marriages, deaths and obituaries from the Village Record, published in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Included, however is information about emigration patterns, customs and traditions, important events, medical history, biographical data, etc.

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Record: Delaware County (1819-1870)

(More than 27,000 records)

This database documents the industrialization of predominantly agrarian culture established by Quaker farmers in the 18th century. This collection contains full-text transcriptions of articles, advertisements, and vital statistics, providing insight into technology, business activity and material culture in a down-river milling and manufacturing community at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

This collection includes material from the following newspapers:
Delaware County American, Media, Pennsylvania;
Delaware County Republican, Darby & Chester, Pennsylvania;
The Upland Union, Chester, Pennsylvania;
Delaware County Democrat, Chester, Pennsylvania;
The Post Boy, Chester, Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800

(100,000 records; more than 40 MILLION words)

Published in Philadelphia from 1728 through 1800, The Pennsylvania Gazette is considered The New York Times of the 18th century. It provides the reader with a first hand view of colonial America, the American Revolution and the New Republic, and offers important social, political and cultural perspectives of each of the periods. Thousands of articles, editorials, letters, news items and advertisements cover the Western Hemisphere, from the Canadian Maritime Provinces, through the West Indies and North and South America, giving a detailed glimpse of issues and lifestyles of the times. Also included is the full-text of such important writings such as: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Letters from a Farmer, Thomas Payne`s Common Sense, The Federalist Papers, etc.

These include:

  • Folio I – (1728 – 1750) “Benjamin Franklin`s Newspaper”
  • Folio II – (1751 – 1765) “The French & Indian War”
  • Folio III – (1766 – 1783) “The American Revolution”
  • Folio IV – (1784 – 1800) “The New Republic”

The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective

(More than 11,000 records; approx. 10 MILLION words)

This database contains the full text of major articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865. The text begins with the events preceding the outbreak of war at Fort Sumter, continues through the surrender at Appomattox, and concludes with the assassination and funeral of Abraham Lincoln. Included are descriptive news articles, eye-witness accounts and official reports of battles and events, editorials, advertisements and biographies. A great effort has been made also to include articles which describe other than military concerns of the day. These include such topics as travel, arts and leisure, geographical descriptions, sports and sporting, social events, etc.

“The Liberator” (1831-1865)

(Completed through December, 1840)

The Liberator was a weekly newspaper published by William Lloyd Garrison in Boston, Massachusetts. William Lloyd Garrison was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts in December, 1805. At thirteen years of age he began his newspaper career with the Newburyport Herald, where he acquired great skills in both accuracy and speed in the art of setting type. He wrote anonymous articles, and by age of twenty-one he published his own newspaper.

Part I January, 1831 – December, 1835
Part II January, 1835 – December, 1840
Part III January, 1841 – December, 1845
Part IV January, 1846 – December, 1850
Part V January, 1851 – December, 1855
Part VI January, 1856 – December, 1860
Part VII January, 1861 – December, 1865

“The Liberator” (1831-1865)
(Completed through December, 1840)

Part I: Freedom’s Journal, New York, 1827-Mar. 1829; Colored American, New York, 1837-Mar. 1840; The North Star, Rochester, NY, 1847-July 1849; National Era, Washington, DC, 1847-Dec. 1848.
Part II: Colored American, 1840-41; The North Star, July 1849-1851; Frederick Douglass Papers (continuation of The North Star), 1851-May 1852; National Era, 1847-Dec. 1850; Provincial Freeman, Toronto, ON, 1854-Dec. 18, 1855.
Part III: Frederick Douglass Papers, May 1852-Dec. 1852; National Era, Dec. 1850-Dec. 1853; Provincial Freeman, Dec. 1855-57; The Christian Recorder, Toronto, ON, 1861-April 1862.
Part IV: The Christian Recorder, May 1862-Dec. 1864; National Era, Jan. 1854-Dec. 1855; Frederick Douglass Papers, Jan. 1853-Dec. 1854.
Part V: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1865-June 1868; National Era, Jan. 1856-Dec. 1857; Frederick Douglass Papers, Jan. 1855-Dec. 1856.
Part VI: National Era, Jan. 1858-Mar. 1860; The Christian Recorder, July 1868-Dec. 1870.
Part VII: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1872-Dec. 1876.
Part VIII: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1877-Dec. 1882.
Part IX: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1883-Dec. 1887.
Part X: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1888-Dec. 1893 (excluding 1892)
Part XI: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1894-Dec. 1898

African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century
(Over. 100,000 records; more than 60 MILLION words)

This enormous collection of African-American newspapers contains a wealth of information about the cultural life and history during the 1800s, and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day, including the Mexican War, Presidential and congressional addresses, Congressional abstracts, business and commodity markets, the humanities, world travel and religion. They also contain large numbers of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements all of which embody the African-American experience.

Historical Study Guide

The purpose of this study guide is to provide small sample of articles that are available to students and educators of the material contained in these databases. Currently the databases contain over 176,000 articles.

Godey`s Lady`s Book (1830-1885)

In 1830, in Philadelphia, Louis Antoine Godey (1804-1878) commenced the publication of Godey`s Lady`s Book which he designed specifically to attract the growing audience of American women.

The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America. In addition to extensive fashion descriptions and plates, the early issues included biographical sketches, articles about mineralogy, handcrafts, female costume, the dance, equestrienne procedures, health & hygiene, recipes & remedies, etc. Each issue also contained two pages of sheet music, written essentially for the piano forte.

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