Best Bibliographies in History: RUSA History Section Bibliography and Indexes Committee

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Each year the History Section's Bibliography and Indexes Committee continues its project to honor outstanding book-length English-language bibliographies in the field of history. It is our goal to encourage both the work of scholars in the bibliography of history and the publishers who support this important activity. This year's titles were published in 2002 and 2003.

All members of the library profession are invited to submit titles to the committee for consideration. For 2005, the committee will review works published in 2003 and 2004. 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 for consideration, with appropriate bibliographic information should be sent to: Jennalyn W. Tellman, University Library, A211, 1510 E. University Blvd., P.O. Box 210055, Tucson, AZ 85721-0055. The next submission deadline is October 31, 2004.

Beckham, Stephen, et al. The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: A Bibliography and Essays. Portland, Ore.: Lewis & Clark College, 2003. 315 p. $75 (ISBN: 0-963-0866-18).

The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition cites both primary and secondary sources, ranging from books that were carried on the Expedition to recent publications. Monographs, maps, articles, and children's literature are also included. Following an introductory essay on the collection at Lewis & Clark College are seven topical bibliographies, which (except for the final chapter on twentieth century publications) open with an interesting essay. All works cited are held at the Lewis & Clark College, and many are held at numerous other libraries. Annotated citations include full bibliographic descriptions. Scholars as well as general researchers interested in Lewis and Clark will find this a lovely and useful book.--Lisa Scharnhorst, Seattle Public Library

Crawford, Gregory A. Petra and the Nabataeans: A Bibliography. ATLA Bibliography Series, no. 49. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 2003. 304p. $65 (ISBN: 0-810-84846-5).

With wealth gained through the caravan trade, the ancient Arabian civilization of the Nabataeans and its capital city, Petra, flourished from sometime before 312 BCE through the 5th century CE. Travelers and archaeologists rediscovered Petra in the nineteenth century and began revealing its wonders and relationship to the classical world. With 2,413 entries, Crawford's impressive international bibliography brings together nineteenth and twentieth century research literature about all aspects of this civilization, from archaeology to art, prehistory, paleography, and engineering. The bibliography is arranged alphabetically by author, and each article is assigned at least one subject heading. A detailed classified subject schema forms the subject index, and there are also author and editor indexes. This carefully crafted bibliography clearly belongs in any library with strong collections in Classics or the Ancient Near East.--Laura Dale Bischof, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Creaton, Heather. Unpublished London Diaries: A Checklist of Unpublished Diaries by Londoners and Visitors with a Select Bibliography of Published Diaries. London Record Society Publications, vol. 37. London: London Record Society, 2003. 136p. 20 [pounds sterling] (ISBN: 0-900-9523-77).

Heather Creaton briefly describes the content of 883 unpublished personal diaries by residents or visitors to London. Entries are arranged in chronological order by diary starting date and then by diarist. There is a name index for the diarists. The subject index includes occupations, locations, institutions, and topical entries such as air raids, hospitals, housewives, shops and shopping, and trade unionists. Creaton provides a separate list of 244 published diaries. This bibliography will be a welcome tool for those interested in finding primary source material on London. …