The University of Michigan University Library is pleased to announce the addition of over 7,000 volumes to its Making of America collection. This expansion brings the total volumes available online to 8,500 or approximately 2.89 million pages of text and 1.15 billion words. The addition of these materials to Making of America was made possible in part through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and an equipment grant from Sun Microsystems.
Making of America (MoA) - a publicly-accessible online resource focusing on 19th century American publications - now contains over 3% of all American imprint monographs published in the 19th century (based on preliminary statistics provided by the Library of Congress). The majority of these materials were published between 1850 and 1876 and focus on topics ranging from the life and death of Abraham Lincoln to the latest 19th century household sciences to reflections on travel to the Western United States. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. MoA offers users the opportunity to view faithful replicas of the original source materials, perform full text searches over the entire collection, search within individual texts, and save searches and develop bibliographies using the MoA "book bag."
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