Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Alexander Street Press Trials Through November 30, 2007

Theatre in Video (http://ativ.alexanderstreet.com)Theatre in Video contains more than 250 of the world’s most important plays, together with more than 100 video documentaries, online in streaming video—more than 500 hours in all. These definitive performances, by leading actors and directors, have been painstakingly licensed from a wide range of copyright holders. They are now delivered to you over the Internet, in a revolutionary new format developed specifically for drama.

Primary Sources in Counseling and Psychology http://psyc.alexanderstreet.com is a landmark database containing more than 2,000 transcripts of actual therapy sessions—almost 40,000 pages of first-person accounts, together with 25,000 pages of major reference works. There are diaries, letters, autobiographies, oral histories, and personal memoirs along with the full text of the sessions themselves. All accounts are non-fiction, delivered in the first person and, where possible, contemporaneous.

Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines http://linc.alexanderstreet.comIllustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines is the definitive online Civil War media resource. The database contains 65,000 pages drawn from 49 periodicals, including 15 campaign newspapers, most of them illustrated—3,720 issues published from 1860 to 1865. Originally printed in 16 different cities, many of the publications are now rare and hard to find, with an item sometimes extant only in a single archive.

In addition to the trial databases above, the library already provides access to the following Alexander Street Press databases via the library home page:

The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries Find detailed, firsthand descriptions of historical characters and events, glimpses of daily life in the army, anecdotes about key events and personages, accounts of sufferings at home, a rich battles database, and more. These and thousands of other experiences are represented in this massive, 100,000-page collection. The materials are indexed with dozens of search fields, and there are 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscript images.

Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment Painstakingly assembled from hundreds of primary sources, this project documents the relationships among peoples from 1534 to 1850. The collection presents the perspectives of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, officials, and others. It includes works by American Indians, Canadian First Peoples, and many European groups, capturing first impressions, hundreds of years of observations of flora and fauna, descriptions of encounters with indigenous peoples, and new language elements as they evolved. The collection includes nearly 1,000 prints, drawings, paintings, maps, bibliographies, letters, photographs, and original facsimile pages.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial to 1950 Our flagship collection, this is a massive, ongoing project to catalog and index American and Canadian women's diaries and correspondence over centuries. Researchers will have access to 150,000 pages of materials, including more than 5,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts as facsimile images. Drawn from more than 1,000 sources and representing 1,500 women from all walks of life, the writings are extensively indexed. Databases of women, sources, personal events, historical events, a geographical table, and other features make the writings useful to researchers in history, sociology, literature, genealogy, women’s studies, and related fields.