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

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Each year, the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) 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 2004 and 2005.

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 2005 and 2006. 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 Janalyn Moss, 100 Main Library, Iowa City, IA 52242-1420. The next submission deadline is October 31, 2006.

Bier, Lisa. American Indian and African American People, Communities and Interactions: An Annotated Bibliography. Bibliographies and Indexes in American History, no. 48. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2004. 266p. $54.95 (ISBN: 0-313-32347-X).

Bier's bibliography covers contact between African Americans and Native Americans in the United States and Canada from the eighteenth century to the present day. Works cited include books, periodical articles, dissertations, Web sites, and videos. Topics covered include geographic regions, tribes that had lots of contact with African Americans, the West, the Military West, and the Buffalo Soldiers. A combined subject and author index provides helpful access to the entries, which are descriptive but not evaluative. Changing vocabulary can make searching for information on racial groups challenging; Bier's work reduces this burden. This bibliography is a needed tool for a topic of growing interest. Well-researched and well-written, this work would be an asset in all libraries.--Lisa Scharnhorst, Seattle Public Library, Washington

Fischel, Jack, and Susan M. Ortmann. The Holocaust and Its Religious Impact: A Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography. Bibliographies and Indexes in Religious Studies, vol. 54. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2004. 335p. $64.95 (ISBN: 0-313-30950-7).

This annotated bibliography provides the reader with a comprehensive survey of writings about the Holocaust and the religious response: the impact of Christian anti-Semitism on the Holocaust and the Holocaust's impact on Christianity. It includes excellent, critical, and helpful annotations to literature in both journals and books. The essays at the beginning of each of the sections are very useful. A glossary plus author and subject indexes are included. Unfortunately, there are also some significant lacunae in the glossary, such as the German word, "Judentum." This volume provides coverage not found even in standard indexes, including the Index to Jewish Periodicals and ATLA Religion Index. It is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Jennalyn Tellman, University of Arizona Library, Tucson

Kelsey, Marie Ellen. Ulysses S. Grant: A Bibliography. Bibliographies of the Presidents of the United States, no. 18. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2005. 475p. $119.95 (ISBN: 0-313-28176-9).

This bibliography is part of the excellent series Bibliographies of the Presidents of the United States. It is the most comprehensive bibliography on Ulysses S. Grant to date, covering every facet of the president's life. Kelsey has compiled more than forty-two hundred entries including monographs, articles, dissertations, government documents, and more. Its twenty chapters are arranged logically with chapters dedicated to manuscript and archival sources, Grant's published writings and speeches, and biographical publications in addition to chapters on his childhood, military career, and presidency. Kelsey also surveys historiographical materials, iconography and dramatic media, and historic sites and organizations. …