25. März 2019

Edison’s Diaries, Lab Journals and Letters Now Available
in ProQuest® History Vault

ProQuest and Rutgers University collaborate to widen access to papers
that document the inventor’s life and work

ProQuest and Rutgers University are teaming to make the University’s acclaimed Thomas A. Edison Papers more accessible to scholars and students around the world. More than 175,000 of Edison’s laboratory notebooks, diaries, business records, correspondence, and other documents will now be available in ProQuest® History Vault, boosting access, precision search and cross-referencing of these documents with other digital archives from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The Thomas A. Edison Papers Collection provides an intimate look at the life, work, and vision of the inventor credited with integrating the worlds of science, technology, movies, business, and finance.

Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1sCYC1v

An inventor, businessman, scientist, industrialist, entrepreneur and engineer, Edison laid the foundation for the age of electricity, recorded sound, motion pictures, and the introduction of modern industrial research. This extraordinary project has carefully gathered the materials from the Edison National Historical Park that document his life and work. With more than 150,000 pages of materials that have never been available online, it encompasses six parts:

Sophisticated digitisation and search technology make crisp reproductions of these materials more accessible than ever before, improving research outcomes in areas as diverse as the history of science and technology, business and economic history, popular culture and film history, as well as social and labor history. 

“This is a very unique resource,” said Susan Bokern, ProQuest vice-president, Information Solutions. “The Edison Papers are a firsthand insight into the mind and the work of the inventor, as well as a stunning look at how technological innovation and cultural change are interrelated. His inventions both reflected and disrupted the cultural practices of his time. Incorporating these papers in ProQuest’s History Vault Program increases their research utility to scholars and broadens their access.”  

ProQuest’s History Vault Program encompasses 11 million pages of digitised primary source content that documents and improves research of the American experience.

History Vault is one of a rich variety of historical collections from ProQuest that unlock new research insights for students, scholars and librarians around the world. For more than 75 years, the company has partnered with an extraordinary range of organisations and individuals, preserving and building access to information collections. Robust and evolving technology brings that content to researchers where they are, enabling them to explore at will – whether page by page, reviewing full-color scans that are as crisp as the real thing, or via precision search that takes them to the exact nugget of information they’re seeking.