Last month the Gale Group/PSIMedia notified me that they would no longer
support their subscription-based "City Directories Online".  This digitized
collection of city directories, although not as well processed as those on, was notable for its scope.  (For those who not familiar with
digitized city directories, they permit the researcher to sort directory
entries by keyword: "stable", "West 11th", "Jones" or "stable", for example.)
 The Gale letter made no mention of transfer of the source to a non-profit

Although the non-commercial online resources - like the Library of Congress'
"American Memory" - seem perfectly secure, everytime I use subscription
services like Poole's Plus, and Historic Newspapers Online, I
wonder about their profitability.

Christopher Gray
"Streetscapes" Columnist, Sunday Real Estate Section
The New York Times
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