Alexander Street Press’ Women and Social Movements, International — 1840 to Present is “a collection of primary source materials from over 300 repositories around the world, including letters, diaries, unpublished manuscripts, conference proceedings (a major portion of the file), journals, memoirs, photographs, ephemera, and national committee reports, accompanied by scholarly essays for historical context. The file also provides links to 20,000 web pages of primary source material. Approximately 7% of the content is in non-English languages (Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, and Spanish), and well over half the published material was published outside the United States. ASP will add material periodically, with plans for the collection to contain 150,000 pages when the file is complete in December 2012. This is mainly in-copyright and previously-unpublished material. The 75% of works in the file in copyright has been licensed from women’s organizations, archives, and publishers.”
That’s from the review I just did of the file (the full review will appear in the May 15, 2012 issue of LJ). My review ends thusly:
The Bottom Line
This is a scholar’s dream that will be equally-accessible by high school students and post-docs alike. I recommend it, with awe and appreciation, to libraries.
Make you want to try this one out for yourself? Well, you can, here and now, for free. Just go to: http://wasi.alexanderstreet.com/
and use these codes to log in when prompted:
This trial is good till May 15, 2012, so I hope you enjoy it till then. And thanks to Jessica Kemp for arranging this free trial for us.
More as it happens,