Best Bibliographies in History

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Best Bibliographies in History


Arlen, Shelley, Godleski, Nancy, Janes, Phoebe, Kitchens, Joel, Mudrock, Theresa, Niessen, James, Oetting, Edward, Reinert, Margaret Ann, Schaffner, Jennifer, Straw, Joseph, Widder, Agnes Haight, Reference & User Services Quarterly


RUSA Bibliography and Indexes Committee

With this list, the Bibliographies and Indexes Committee continues its project to honor outstanding English-language book-length bibliographies in the field of history. We hope to encourage both the work of historical scholars and the support of publishers for this important activity. This year's titles were published in 1999 or 2000. All members of the library profession are invited to submit titles to the project editor for consideration. For 2002 the committee will review works published in 2000 and 2001. 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 the 2002 project editor: Ed Oetting, Box 871006, Arizona State University Libraries, Tempe, AZ 85287-1006; e-mail: edding@asu.edu. The next submission deadline is October 31, 2001.

Allen, James. B., Ronald W. Walker, and David J. Whittaker. Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1997: An Indexed Bibliography. Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Pr., 2000. 1,168p. $100 (ISBN: 0-252-02565-2).

Chad J. Flake's A Morman Bibliography, 1830-1930 was published more than twenty years ago. Studies in Mormon History 1830-1997 is a fitting sequel and complement to Flake's opus.

Studies in Mormon History is a massive tome citing more than twenty-six hundred books, ten thousand articles, and eighteen hundred theses and dissertations. The main listing is a simple alphabetical arrangement by author. The strength of the bibliography is its five-hundred-plus page subject index, which includes more than six thousand topical, geographical, and biographical subject terms. Partial citations are included with each subject term so that users can follow the historical development of that subject.

Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1997 is an essential guide to research and scholarship on the history of the American West and Mormon history.--Theresa Mudrock, University of Washington, Seattle

Bahr, Howard M. Dine Bibliography to the 1990s: A Companion to the Navajo Bibliography of 1969. Native American Bibliography Series, 23. Lahnam, Md.: Scarecrow, 1999. 739p. $95 (ISBN: 0-8108-3651-3).

This work adds sixty-three hundred entries to the fifty-five hundred in the two-volume Navajo Bibliography published by the Navajo Tribe in 1969. Bahr, a sociologist, collected materials of interest to many disciplines. Most citations are for books and articles published from 1969 through 1990; some works included in the earlier edition appear with revised annotations, and earlier manuscripts and publications are also added, such as sources on the Franciscan missions.

The entries are arranged by author. Annotations vary in length; the longest reserved for less accessible items. Inconsistencies in filing order and selection criteria are explained in the thoughtful introduction. Nearly comprehensive coverage and very detailed co-author and subject indexes make this bibliography indispensable for libraries serving researchers on Native American and Southwestern history.--James P. Niessen, Texas Tech University, Lubbock

Barbuto, Domenica M. The American Settlement, a Bibliography. Bibliographies and Indexes in American History, 42. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1999. 123p. $88.50 (ISBN 0-213-30756-3).

This bibliography may be used as a companion to the author's American Settlement Houses and Progressive Social Reform, an Encyclopedia of the American Settlement Movement, published also in 1999, by Oryx Press. Settlement houses came into being in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a way of providing the urban poor with access to health care, education, and other means of improving their material lives, in ways similar to missions and other religious sponsored endeavors. The settlement houses served as schools, community centers, and health care clinics.

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