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Progress and partnership: Primary Source Media history

Primary Source Media, an imprint of Gale, has spent the past 40 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 to libraries, independent 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 broad array of primary source materials, which include 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, we began filming of the prestigious Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature; in 1974 we initiated filming of The Financial Times. As the 1980s dawned, we joined The Corporation, one of the world's leading information and publishing companies. By 1986, we acquired Lost Cause Press and Harvester Press Microform Publications, Ltd., dramatically enlarging our offerings in American and British history and literature.

The 1990s 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 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.

On the eve of the new millennium, Primary Source Media merged with Gale Research and Information Access Company to become 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 Media continues to set the standard for scope, authority and accessibility among microform reference materials.

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