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Free Resources: In the First Person, from Alexander Street Press

Posted Aug 19, 2005
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Alexander Street Press has launched In the First Person: Index to Letters, Diaries, Oral Histories, and Other Personal Narratives—and announced that it would remain free to all users as long as people continue to use it.

In the First Person provides in-depth indexing of more than 2,500 collections of oral history from around the world. There are more than 260,000 pages of full-text by over 9,000 individuals from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, juxtaposing the voices of ordinary citizens with those of the well-published and famous. It also contains pointers to over 2,500 audio and video files and 16,000 bibliographic records. With future releases, the index will broaden to identify other first-person content, including letters, diaries, memoirs, spanning 400 years.

According to the announcement, the new library index lets users perform in-depth field and keyword searches across all letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies within Alexander Street Press databases—more than one million pages of editorially selected materials spanning 400 years, and also searches scholarly materials that are freely available on the Web. Users can perform keyword searches across thousands of personal narratives from the English-speaking world—and it locates and links to full text, audio, and video files at thousands of scholarly Web sites and archives.

More information about In the First Person can be found at

Source: Alexander Street Press,

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