November 23, 2005
Readex Partners with Dartmouth College Library to Digitize Historical Government Publications from Original Print Volumes
From the Press Release: Readex, a leading publisher of online historical collections, announced today that it has partnered with Dartmouth College Library to digitize directly from its renowned holdings of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers. Rather than creating digital images from microform editions, Readex is digitizing from the original print volumes of these essential government publications, housed in Dartmouth College's Baker-Berry Library. These digital editions are part of the Readex Archive of Americana, a Web-based family of historical collections containing books, broadsides, newspapers, government publications and more.
"Dartmouth College Library's complete print editions of these collections remain well-preserved and bound in their original sheepskin," said John Cocklin, Government Information Librarian at Dartmouth College. "Dartmouth's Preservation Services appreciates the opportunity to partner with Readex in preparing these volumes for scanning.
Readex has greatly extended Dartmouth College's efforts to preserve these irreplaceable collections, and we applaud Readex's initiative to provide researchers worldwide with convenient online access to digital editions with advanced search and browse technologies."
August A. Imholtz, Jr., Readex Vice President for Government Documents, said, "Readex is creating the definitive digital editions of these quintessential American historical works, complete with high-quality scans of text pages, black-and-white maps and color maps and plates. We are very fortunate to be using Dartmouth College Library's superior print volumes, along with breakthrough technology from Kirtas."
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