January 25, 2022

Video Report From CBS News: “Encyclopedia Britannica Is Turning 250”

NOTE: Earlier this month the National Library of Scotland made a digitized copy of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s first edition available to download.

Additionally, HathiTrust Provides Searchable/Browsable Access to Vols. 1-30.

From CBS News:

Americans are awash in information. Most of us walk around with devices that give us instant access to all the knowledge in human history. But before you could Google it, and long before we met Alexa, there was Britannica.

As in Encyclopedia Britannica, which turns 250 years old this month.

“Britannica did something unique,” said executive editor Ted Pappas. “It combined long, scholarly essays with short definitional entries and practical information.”

Founded in 1768 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britannica was the brainchild of Colin Macfarquhar, a printer, and Andrew Bell, an engraver. They also had an editor, William Smellie. “He was a very learned man,” Pappas said, with (he added) a wonderful capacity for drinking.

Read the Complete Text Article

Video Segment From CBS Sunday Morning

See Also: Encyclopaedia Britannica, in Business For 250 Years, Hoping For 250 More (via Chicago Sun Times)

See Also: Encyclopædia Britannica 250th Anniversary Website

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.