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I. Purpose and Program Description

A. Library's collection Development Objectives

The library seeks to provide materials primarily to support courses at the Baccalaureate level. Degrees offered are the Bachelor of Arts in History and The Bachelor of General Studies with an emphasis in History. Secondary support is directed to faculty teaching and research. The interdisciplinary nature of these studies requires that students and faculty consult related collections in the library.

B. Curricular Program Description

The History Department offers courses on the political, religious, social, cultural, intellectual, diplomatic, and economic history of Great Britain, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America.

C. New and Expanding Areas of Interest

1. Urbanism
2. Economic History
3. Women's History

D. Areas of Specialization

1. Ancient and Medieval History
2. Tudor-Stuart England
3. 18th Century England and Modern Britain
4. Eastern Europe and Hapsburg Empire
5. France
6. Russia
7. American Colonial History
8. American Religious History
9. American Diplomatic History
10. History of the South
11. Asia
12. Military History
13. Latin American History
14. Celtic Fringe

E. Overlap with Other Academic Disciplines and Library Collections

English and American Literature, Philosophy, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology and Anthropology, International Studies, Law, Government Documents, Special Collections


II. General Selection Guidelines:

A. Languages: English is the principal language of the collection. Foreign language materials are purchased selectively. Key works originally published in a foreign language are purchased selectively and usually in English translation.

B. Chronological Coverage: No limitations.

C. Geographical Coverage: Emphasis is on materials about the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, and Latin America, but no area is excluded.

D. Types of Material: Included are encyclopedias, directories, dictionaries, handbooks, society transactions, conference proceedings, bibliographies, biographies, statistical publications, monographs and journals. Theses, dissertations and textbooks are acquired selectively.

E. Imprint Date: Current in-print publications receive priority; however, selected retrospective publications are purchased in available formats as budget permits.

F. Physical Format: Hardbound and paperbound books, serials and audiovisuals are collected.  

G. Treatment of Subject: Publications encompassing political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual, constitutional, legal, diplomatic, demographic, military, and religious aspects of History are collected. Historiographies, including biographies and autobiographies of historians are purchased.  

H. Place of Publication: Emphasis is given to materials published in the United States, Canada and the U.K.. Materials from all other places are collected selectively.

I. Acquisitions Plans affecting History:

1.) Standing Orders:

Biography Index
Black Americans Information Directory
Black Resource Guide, The
Editorials of File
Facts on File
Great Events from History
Hispanic Americans Information Directory
Historic Documents of...
International Who's Who
Papers of Thomas Jefferson
Personalities of the South
Who Was Who in America
Who's Who
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in Canada
Who's Who in Congress
Who's Who in the East
Who's Who in the Midwest
Who's Who in the South and Southwest
Who's Who in the World
Who's Who of American Women
Writings on Irish History

2.) Approval Plans: BNA: Forms; Baker & Taylor Forms.

J. Major Selection Tools and Information Sources:

Choice. Middleton, CT: Choice, 1964-; Books for College Libraries; Sheehy, Eugene P. Guide to Reference Books. 10th ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1986; Guide to Information Sources in the Social Sciences; American Reference Books Annual; America, History and Life; Freidel, Frank B. Harvard Guide to American History; Historical Abstracts; Humanities Index.

K. Weeding/Replacement: Currency is not a major criterion for assessment, thus weeding/replacement is kept to an absolute minimum. Materials for weeding or replacement are evaluated in accordance with the General collection Management and Development Policy statement on Weeding/Replacement.

L. Additional Resources: Online databases, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Other academic institutions in the state of Alabama and the region.

M. Classification That Defines Scope of Collection:

CB - History of Civilization and Culture

D's - History: General and Old World

E's - American

F's - U.S. local history. Canada. Latin America

HQ 1101-2030 - Women's Studies. History

N. Recommended Collection Level: 3bE

Library Liaison: Best                           Subject: History



Collection Level

LC Class Descriptor Existing Strength Desired Strength
CB History of Civilization & Culture 2a 3a
D 51-95 Ancient History 1b 2b
D 101-203 Medieval History 1a 2b
D 204-888 Modern History 2a 3a
D 901-DR EUROPE 2a 3a
DA Great Britain 2a 3a
DA 900-995 Ireland, Northern Ireland 1b 2b
DB Australia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia 2a 2b
DC France 2a 3a
DD Germany 2a 3a
DE Mediterranean Region; Greco-Roman World 2a 2b
DF 10-289 Ancient Greece 1a 2b
DF 501-649 Medieval Greece 1a 2b
DF 701-951 Modern Greece 1a 2b
DG 11-365 Ancient Italy, Rome to 476 1b 2b
DG 401-999 Medieval & Modern Italy 1a 2b
DH Netherlands ( Low Countries) 1a 2a
DJ Netherlands ( Holland) 1a 2a
DJK Eastern Europe 2a 3a
DK Soviet Union, Poland, Finland    
DK 1-276 Soviet Union 2a 3a
DK 445-465 Finland 2b 3a
DK 501-973 Soviet Local History 1b 2b
DK 4010-4800 Poland (wks. after 1980) 2b 3a
DL Scandinavia 1b 2b
DP 1-500 Spain 1b 2b
DP 501-900 Portugal 1a 2b
DQ Switzerland 1a 2b
DR Eastern Europe (Balkan Pen.) 1b 2b
DS 1-40 ASIA 2b 3a
DS 41-329 Middle East 1a 2b
DS 330-500 South Asia 2b 3a
DS 501-935 East Asia, Southeast Asia, Far East    
DS 501-527 General Works 2b 3a
DS 554 Cambodia 1a 2b
DS 555 Laos 1a 2a
DS 563-589 Thailand ( Siam) 1a 2a
DS 691-605 Malaysia, Singapore 1a 2a
DS 611-649 Indonesia 1a 2a
DS 651-689 Philippine Islands 1a 2a
DS 701-798 China 1b 2b
DS 801-897 Japan 1b 2b
DS 901-925 Korea 1a 2b
DS 930-935 Korea (Democratic People's Republic) 1a 2b
DT AFRICA 1a 2a-b
DT 43-346 Egypt, Sudan, North Africa 1b 2a-b
DT 351-364 Central and Sub-Saharan Africa 1b 2a-b
DT 365-469 East Africa 1b 2a-b
DT 471-720 West Africa 1b 2a-b
DT 730-995 Southern Africa 1b 2a-b
E 1-143 AMERICA: GENERAL 2b 3a
E 51-99 Pre-Columbian America, Indians of North America 2b 3a
E 101-135 Discovery of America, Early Exploration 2a 3a
E 151-F970 UNITED STATES    
E 151-161 General Wks, Social Life, Customs 2b 3a
E 162-169 Description, Travel, Civilization 2b 3a
E 171-180 Historiography, General Works 2a 3a
E 181-183 Military History, Diplomatic History 2b 3a
E 186-185 Elements in the Population, Ethnic Groups, Afro-Americans 2b 3a
E 186-199 Colonial History (1607-1775) 2b 3a
E 201-298 American Revolution, 1775-1783 1b 3a
E 301-453 Revolution to Civil War (1775/1783-1861) 2a-b 3a
E 456-655 Civil War Period (1861-1865) 2b 3a
E 660-738 Late 19th Century 2b 3a
E 740-879 20th Century 2b 3a
F 1-970 U.S. LOCAL HISTORY    
F 1-105 New England 1b 3a
F 106-205 Atlantic States 1a 2b
F 206-220 Southern States 2b 3a-b
F 296-395 Gulf States 2a 2b
F 476-705 Midwest, Mississippi Valley 1a 2b
F 721-854 The West 1a 2b
F 856-975 Pacific Coast , Alaska 1a 1b
F 1001-1140 CANADA 1a 2a
F 1201-1392 LATIN AMERICA    
F 1201-1392 Mexico 2a 2b
F 1401-1419 Latin America: General 2b 3a
F 1421-1577 Central America 2a 2b
F 1577-2200 West Indies, Caribbean Sea 2a 2b
F 2201-3799 South America 2a 2b

Rev. 1/19/2011 (jk)

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