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Evans-TCP: Evans Early American Imprints

Evans-TCP is a partnership among the TCP, NewsBank/Readex Co., and the American Antiquarian Society to create 6,000 accurately keyed and fully searchable SGML/XML text editions from among the 40,000 titles available in the Evans Early American Imprints Collection. Restrictions on access to the Evans-TCP texts expired  June 30, 2014, so this corpus of texts is now fully available to the public.

Evans Early American Imprints

The American Antiquarian Society

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a learned society and research library founded in 1812, is the third oldest historical organization in the United States and the first to be national rather than regional in its purpose and the scope of its collections. It preserves the largest single collection of printed source material relating to the history, literature, and culture of the first 250 years of what is now the United States, and holds copies of nearly two-thirds of all books, pamphlets, and broadsides known to have been printed in this country between 1640 and 1821. In partnership with Readex (a division of NewsBank), AAS produced what has been called one of the most important microform collections ever, a reproduction of the contents of titles listed in the Evans bibliography of American imprints through 1800.

Evans Early American Imprints Online

Readex and AAS have undertaken to digitize the entire Evans collection, which will include every item previously issued in microform, plus some 1,200 additional works located, catalogued, and digitized since completion of the earlier effort (a total of more than 36,000 works and 2,400,000 images). This resource also uses OCR technology to support searching the full text of the corpus.



The TCP sought to convert 6,000 of the most frequently studied books from the Evans bibliography. AAS, drawing on its already significant knowledge of these materials and its contacts with relevant specialists and scholars, selected the titles to be converted by the TCP, providing the text collection with the best possible core of significant titles. With the support of more than 90 institutions, Evans-TCP keyed and encoded 4,977 early American texts, which are available online to Evans-TCP partners. The Evans-TCP texts will be made available to the public June 30, 2014.