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Cengage Learning Plans 19th Century Archive For Colleges

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Textbook publisher and education technology player Cengage Learning tell us about their upcoming product, Nineteenth Century Collections Online. It will bring together digitized, rare 19th Century primary source content from around the world. That means a host of newspapers, monographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, photographs, maps and statistics. Much of it is being digitized for the first time.

It’s a smart business strategy by Cengage. Why? Well, because the content is free to use. This copyright and fair use guide from Stanford University notes:

Copyright has expired for all works published in the United States before 1923. In other words, if the work was published in the U.S. before January 1, 1923, you are free to use it in the U.S. without permission.

Cengage launches the product next spring, targeting students, professors, researchers and librarians. Cengage subsidiary, Gale, surveyed 800 scholars and librarians to determine parameters of the archives.

“Nineteenth Century Collections Online is one of our largest and most ambitious undertakings,” said Ron Dunn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cengage Learning. “We believe it will change the nature of research on the nineteenth century.

The company recently announced an advisory board to oversee and curate the archive. It includes several scholars of 19th Century materials, who will help select what to include in the archive. Here are the board members:

  • Hilary Fraser, Birkbeck, University of London, Executive Dean, School of Arts; Director of Birkbeck’s Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies
  • Tatiana Holway, Independent Scholar, Author, Researcher, and Editor, specializing in 19th century social sciences
  • Dominique Kalifa, French historian, Professor at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne; Head of the Doctoral School of History and Director of the Centre of 19th Century History
  • H. K. Kaul, Founder and Director of DELNET- Developing Library Network (India)
  • Jerome McGann, University of Virginia, John Stewart Bryan University Professor, and Founder and Co-Director of Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES)
  • John Merriman, Yale University; Charles Seymour Professor of History
  • John Unsworth, University of Illinois; Dean & Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

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