January 20, 2022

Primary Sources: Science and Medicine: Wiley Launches Wiley Digital Archives Program

From Wiley’s Launch Announcement:

John Wiley and Sons Inc is pleased to announce a new program of digital primary sources providing unprecedented access to historical records across the sciences and medicine.

Launching in 2018, Wiley Digital Archives will enable institutional customers to purchase digital access to unique or rare historical primary sources, digitized from leading societies such as the New York Academy of Sciences and the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Additional partner societies, libraries, and archives around the world will be added, continually expanding the availability of rare documents and information to improve research outcomes and further educational goals.


The program will tell the stories behind the journals and society content Wiley publishes and will include: maps, manuscripts, periodicals, administrative papers, data, fieldwork, correspondence, books, photographs, illustrations, proceedings, meeting minute books, conference papers, pamphlets, reports, grey literature, and ephemera. This program will have a broad, multidisciplinary appeal, and run along the historical continuum from the origins of societies and subject disciplines to specific areas of more modern research.


A society’s archives reflect the input, output, dialogue, and the working research resource of a society. The archives reflect not just a society’s history but their values, ideas, disagreements, breakthroughs, and aspirations. The Wiley Digital Archives program provides access to the interconnected histories of the sciences, medicine, and other disciplines, along with tools for data analysis and visualization, and will benefit researchers and students across a range of disciplines.


About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.