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I. Purpose: To support teaching and research through the doctoral level in the Department of Geography and the Environment following areas: physical geography, human geography, cartography, and remote sensing. Aspects of these areas are shared with a number of other university departments, e.g., political geography with Government; urban geography with Architecture and Planning; and demography with Sociology. The field is interdisciplinary and overlaps with to some extent with anthropology, biology, civil engineering, economics, geology, and history.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: English is the primary language of collection with secondary emphasis on French, German, and Spanish. Materials in Italian, Russian and other European languages are acquired selectively. Works published in other languages are ordinarily purchased in English translation, if available. For materials in the languages of East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East, see the statements for those vernacular language collections.

B. Chronological Guidelines: The emphasis is on present conditions, although historical geography as a field is collected.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Primary emphasis is on North America, Europe, and Latin America (for a discussion of collecting levels in Latin American geography, see the Benson Latin American Collection Statement.) Secondary emphasis is given to the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Oceana, and the Arctic regions.

D. Treatment of Subject: Introductory textbooks are purchased only when they provide material not available in any other form; typically, this is in a new or rapidly developing field.

E. Types of Material: Society publications and conference proceedings are emphasized. Statistical materials, particularly those represented in U.S. and international documents, are extensively collected. Serial publications are strongly represented in the geography collection.

F. Date of Publication: The emphasis is on current publications, with limited resources directed toward retrospective monographic and serial purchases.

G. Other General Considerations: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center travel and cartography collections are important resources. The Population Research Center's library has a worldwide collection of censuses, emphasizing population data.

The primary location for maps is the PCL Map Room. The Geology Library maintains a collection of geological maps. Both the Center for American History and the Benson Latin American Collection have extensive map collections, with large numbers of rare maps. For a detailed treatment of maps, see the Map Statement.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
General Geography: Historical Geography G 141 PCL C Geography
General Geography Travel, Explorations, Voyages G 1-140,
G 149-180,
G 200-922
PCL C Geography
Cartography: Mathematical Geography GA 1-23,
GA 51-87
PCL C Geography
Cartography: Mapping GA 101-1776 PCL C Geography
Remote Sensing G 70.4 PCL C Geography
Physical Geography: See Footnote 1 G 3-398,
GB 400-649,
GB 5000-5030
PCL C Geography
Human Geography: Anthrogeography GF 1-127,
GF 500-895
PCL C Geography
Human Geography: Economic Geography HB 848-875,
HB 879-3700
PCL C Geography
Human Geography: Geopolitics JC 319 PCL C Geography
Footnote 1:
Includes geomorphology, climatology, and other aspects of the study of land forms and coasts. Hydrology is included in the Geology Statement; Oceanography is divided between Biology, Geology, and Engineering.

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