Gale and Portico collaborate to preserve historical collections

From a Gale Press Release:

Farmington Hills, Mich., Dec. 1, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Portico, part of the not-for-profit organization ITHAKA, announced today an agreement in which Portico will digitally preserve archival versions of a number of the Gale Digital Collections.
“We chose to work with Portico because they are a trusted, reliable archive,” said Frank Menchaca, Gale’s executive vice president for publishing.  “In the unlikely situation that Gale and the scholarly community will need their services, the agreement with Portico puts into place the preservation of a number of the Gale Digital Collections, creating a secure, permanent back-up.”

Portico preserves scholarly literature published in electronic form and ensures that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers and students. To date, more than 10,000 eJournal titles and 28,000 eBooks have been committed to the Portico archive.  This agreement with Gale brings the first set of digitized historical collections including newspapers, legislative documents, pamphlets and more into the service.

“Ensuring long-term preservation and permanent access to the wide range of digital information used by scholars and students around the world is vital,” said Eileen Fenton, Portico’s managing director. “This includes not only eJournals and eBooks, but the vast digitized historical collections that Gale and others have worked with the world’s libraries to create and make available. We are delighted that Gale has taken a lead role in addressing this need and that they have chosen to work with Portico.”

The list of Gale Digital Collections preserved in the Portico archive will include:
•    Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and ECCO Part II, New Editions
•    The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises
•    The Making of Modern Law: Trials
•    The Making of Modern Law: Supreme Court Records and Briefs
•    Making of the Modern World: Goldsmiths’-Kress Library of Economic Literature
•    Sabin Americana
•    19th Century British Library Newspapers
•    17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
•    19th Century U.S. Newspapers

Portico will make the content available to Portico-supporting libraries and their users under specific defined circumstances called ‘trigger events,’ including for extended service interruptions or if the content is no longer available through the Gale system or from other sources. There is no charge from Gale for this service, but an institution must be a participant in Portico. Current fees for participation in Portico are outlined at  Gale Digital Collection customers will still have the option of getting the archive in electronic format directly from Gale at no cost.

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at or Heidi McGregor at