Best Bibliographies in History: RUSA History Section Bibliography and Indexes Committee. (from Committees of RUSA)

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Each year the History Section's Bibliography and Indexes Committee honors outstanding English-language book-length bibliographies in the field of history that have been published in the two previous years. This year's list includes bibliographies selected by the 2002 and 2003 committees. We hope that you enjoy learning about these marvelous compilations.

All members of the library profession are invited to submit titles to the committee for consideration. For 2004, the committee will review works published in 2002 and 2003. Nominated titles can be from any period of history. The focus is on first editions, but a subsequent edition will be considered if there is substantial revision. Titles should be sent to the 2004 project editor: Laura Dale Bischof, Librarian for Western European History and German and Dutch Linguistics and Literature, 170B Wilson Library University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455; e-mail: bisch004@tc.umn.edu. The next submission deadline is October 31, 2003.

Balay, Robert. Early Periodical Indexes, Bibliographies, and Indexes to Literature Published in Periodicals Before 1900. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 2000. 317p. $55 (ISBN: 0-8108-3868-0).

This annotated bibliography contains references to early periodical indexes and a myriad of other books and articles that provide access to the contents of periodicals before 1900. Most of the entries are for subject bibliographies contained in monographs, periodical articles, dissertations, government publications, professional association publications, and other fugitive materials. The organizational scheme follows that of Baylay's Guide to Reference Books. Some of the sources included were, no doubt, profiled in earlier editions of this and other similar works. A few are still in the current edition, but the annotations in Early Periodical Indexes are new and more detailed, from the author's recent examination. This bibliography will not be used every day, but librarians will call upon it to assist researchers with deep or out-of-the-ordinary quests.--Agnes Haigh Widder, Michigan State University Libraries, East Lansing

Braham, Randolph L. The Holocaust in Hungary: A Selected and Annotated Bibliograph, 1984-2000. East European Monographs Series, 583. New York: Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Graduate Center/City University of New York: Social Science Monographs. Distributed by Columbia Univ. Pr., 2001. 254p. $45 (ISBN: 0-8803-3481-9).

With the collapse of Communist governments across Eastern Europe since 1989 came a revival of interest in and publishing about the Holocaust in the region. Braham, the Director of the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies at the City University of New York, details the literature published between 1984 and 2000 concerning the Holocaust and the history of Jews in Hungary and also includes pre-1984 material omitted from two editions of his earlier bibliography, Hungarian Jewish Catastrophe (1962 and 1984). The 1500 annotated entries are grouped under forty-two main subject headings, and there are name and geographical indexes. This specialized bibliography brings together hard-to-find material in several European languages and Hebrew; it belongs in libraries supporting Holocaust researchers.--Laura Dale Bischof, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Carpenter, Kenneth E. The Dissemination of the Wealth of Nations in French and in France, 1776-1843. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 2002. 255p. $45 (ISBN: 0-914930-17-6).

Carpenter uses bibliographical analysis, print history, and cultural history to trace the transmission of Adam Smith's work The Wealth of Nations to French readers. By analyzing the dissemination of reprints of the English edition, translations, summaries, extracts, and reviews, he demonstrates how the work evolved from a marginal translation into an influential text during the revolutionary era and finally into that of a canonical text after 1800. …