Adam Matthew Announces State-Wide Contract with TexShare Consortia

18 November 2013

New Agreement provides hundreds of thousands of pages of unique materials on American social and cultural history and literature across Texas.

(Marlborough, England – November 18th, 2013) Today we announced a major new agreement with the Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to provide permanent access to two Adam Matthew online collections via the TexShare consortium.

The bid, announced by TSLAC in August 2013, was signed off September 26th. This is the first State-wide consortia deal for Adam Matthew since the company was purchased as a standalone subsidiary by the international publisher SAGE in October 2012.

Supplying close to two thousand individual institutions across Texas, from K-12 to 4-year colleges, public libraries and community colleges, this new agreement provides unparalleled access to hundreds of thousands of pages of rare and unique materials for the study of American history, including much on Texas itself.

‘The American West’ - winner of a Choice ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ 2008 - and the recently published ‘American Indian Histories and Cultures’ make available materials sourced exclusively from the Newberry Library, Chicago (www.newberry.org): holder of some of the finest collections on American history in the world.

From first encounters between European settlers and American Indians, to the portrayal of the ‘Wild West’ in popular American culture, these two, cross-searchable digital collections cover hundreds of years of history, literature, and social and visual culture.

Adam Matthew Director, Khal Rudin, commented “Working with unique primary source material is a privilege and responsibility that everyone at Adam Matthew embraces, and we’re passionate about reaching as wide an audience as possible. We are very proud and excited that TexShare has made this very special content available to millions of users in Texas.”

“Both resources are really unique. There’s nothing like them in TexShare,” added Deborah Littrell, director of TSLAC’s Library Development and Networking Division. “We purchased the databases after identifying them as high-quality resources that could provide all Texas libraries with valuable information regarding Texas history in context.”

Roll-out to all TexShare members began November 1st.


ABOUT THE TEXAS STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES COMMISSION

Formed in 1909, TSLAC is committed to giving Texans access to information and programs they can use to improve their lives and communities. We provide historical and genealogical search assistance, federal and state government documents, electronic research and library services to all Texans, including those who are unable to read standard print material because of physical or reading disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.state.tx.us