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ERIC Number: EJ818494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
Spreading the News: Revisiting the History of the New York Free Academy Using 21st Century Technology
Roff, Sandra
American Educational History Journal, v34 n1 p147-159 2007
Often spurred by an upcoming anniversary, celebration, or other special event, U.S. colleges and universities have been diligent in publishing their institutional histories. In the past, authors of these works have relied on archival collections housed in their institution, local historical records, newspaper accounts, and other primary source materials, which are often available locally for their use. Even using records that are conveniently located can take years of research. The question, however, always remains as to whether the researcher has found everything available to tell the complete story of the institution. Today, with the increasing availability of digitized historical records, periodicals, and newspapers via the Internet, and subscription databases, it is possible to find sources that might have been published far from the home of the college or university under study. Often by sitting in the comfort of one's home the past can come alive by searching the web, where exciting unexplored sources can yield new information on the history of the institution. This paper uses the example of New York's Free Academy to show that by using 21st century technology, researchers can locate new information on 19th century educational institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York