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About Primary Source Media

Primary Source Media, an imprint of Gale, has spent the past 38 years building one of the world's largest microform archives of exclusive primary source materials in subject areas that include the humanities, social sciences and international news. Our purpose has been to provide access to rare, valuable research materials for libraries, scholars, faculty and students.

Our work has grown and diversified since our modest beginnings as Research Publications in 1966. During the years, we have developed a highly regarded array of primary source materials and have published such landmark collections as The Times (London), The Sabin Collection, The Eighteenth Century Collection, Music Manuscripts from the Great English Collections and Nineteenth Century and Twentieth Century Legal Treatises.

In 1973, filming of the prestigious Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature began, while 1974 saw the filming of the influential publication, The Financial Times. As the 1980s dawned, we expanded our horizons further and became part of The Thomson Cor poration, one of the world's leading information and publishing companies. By 1986, we added the Lost Cause Press — a publisher specializing in Americana — and Harvester Press Microform Publications Ltd., offering an extensive list of British primary source documents.

The decade of the 90s witnessed significant milestones. In 1992, we published in cooperation with the British Library the first unit of the renowned, unprecedented research collection, Incunabula: The Printing Revolution in Europe, 1455-1500.  In 1995, as the newly renamed Primary Source Media, we launched acclaimed collections which placed primary sources into full context for research and learning.  By 1997, we initiated a major undertaking to digitize selected collections from our microform vault, and in 1998 our first online products were published — once again proving our commitment to making our rare and valuable collections more widely accessible to scholars and researchers.

On the eve of the new millennium, Primary Source Media merged with Gale Research and Information Access Company to became part of Gale — thus creating a new worldwide leader in information publishing for libraries, academic institutions and corporations.

Recognized and respected throughout the world for the quality and diversity of our collections, Primary Source Microfilm, as we are known today, continues to set the standard for scope, authority and accessibility among microform reference materials. We also believe the future holds many more opportunities. To learn. To grow. And to continue to provide indispensable information, insight and innovation as the world's leading publisher of archival research materials.



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Primary Source Media and Gale, Cengage Learning continues to support our current collections in microfilm format. As the digital catalog expands, collections which were previously available only in microfilm may become available in electronic format. Pricing considerations may be available for purchase of these cross-medium products. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Gale Representative.