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 2003 and 2004.

All members of the library profession are invited to submit titles to the committee for consideration. For 2006, the committee will review works published in 2004 and 2005. Nominated titles can be from any period in history. The focus is on first editions, but a subsequent edition will be considered if there is a substantial revision. Titles for consideration, with appropriate bibliographic information, should be sent to: Lisa Scharnhorst, Seattle Public Library, General Reference Services, 1000 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104-1109. The next submission deadline is October 31, 2005.

Adam, Anthony J., and Gerald H. Gaither. Black Populism in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography. Bibliographies and Indexes in Afro-American and African Studies, no. 45. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2004. 227 pages, $49.95 (ISBN: 0-313-32439-5).

This volume describes resources documenting Africa Americans' participation in the populist movement. Entries are by medium (for example, books, articles, etc.), then by author. The subject index helps identify topics across mediums. With their singular focus, the authors cover their topic more fully than any existing source. While the depth of treatment suggests a scholarly audience, the annotations help make the work accessible. They are clearly written and provide important contextual information. Even in an online age, locating historical resources can be challenging. Changing terminology can frustrate keyword searchers, and African American sources are not always well-covered. The authors have done a commendable job unearthing this material. The bibliography is recommended for any library supporting research in U.S. history.--Eric Novotny, Pennsylvania State University, State College

Boughter, Judith A. The Pawnee Nation: An Annotated Research Bibliography. Native American Bibliography Series, no. 28. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2004. 305 pages, $50 (ISBN: 0-8108-4990-9).

This comprehensive bibliography on the Pawnee, three times as long as Blaine's 1980 work, cites monographs, theses, scholarly and popular journal articles, as well as government documents and other sources. Extensive annotations are included. There is a historical introduction, and then it is arranged by twenty-seven different categories: bibliographies, indexes and guides, archaeology and anthropology, myths, language and linguistic studies, social organization, material culture, music and dance, religion and ceremonialism, relations with other tribes, early white contact, explorers, emigrants and soldiers, treaties, missionaries, the Nebraska Reservation Period, annual reports of the Commissioner of Indians Affairs, Graves protection, and repatriation. There is also a list of archival collections. Indexes increase the usefulness of the work. This is an extraordinarily rich resource that should be in the library of any institution with a Native American collection.--Jennalyn Tellman, University of Arizona, Tucson

Corfield, Justin. A Bibliography of the First World War in the Far East and Southeast Asia. Studies in Asian History and Development, vol. 4. Lewiston, N.Y.: E. Mellen Press, 2003. 146 pages, $99.95 (ISBN: 0-7734-6662-02).

This work aims to fill in the gaps for an aspect of World War I which has "to a large extent, been overlooked, or has taken second place to the action in Europe and the Middle East." Included are nearly fifteen hundred references to books, magazine and journal articles, newspaper reports, manuscripts, and unpublished theses and dissertations, including some materials in Western European and Asian languages, in addition to English. …