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Susan Macicak,
Collection Development Officer

Merry Burlingham,
Chief Bibliographer

Carolyn Cunningham,
Collection Administration Librarian

Mary Rader,
Global Studies Coordinator

Dale Correa,
Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

Bonnie Brown Real,
Collection and Consortia Assessment Coordinator

Lexie Thompson Young,
UT System Licensing Coordinator

Emilie Algenio,
Consortia Resources Coordinator

Lisa Aguilar,
Library Specialist


I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research through the doctoral level. The History Department offers courses in all aspects of History: political, economic, diplomatic, military, social, cultural, and intellectual.

Courses in ancient History, archaeology and paleography are taught in the departments of Classics, Anthropology, and Art. Courses in American cultural and intellectual History comprise much of the curriculum of the American Civilization and American Studies programs. Area-studies programs, such as those administered by t he Institute for Latin American Studies, rely heavily on the History Department for their course offerings.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: English is the most commonly collected language, with French, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian acquired when appropriate. Current books in Dutch and the Scandinavian languages are selectively purchased, but there is little retrospective buying in these languages. Spanish and Portuguese materials originating in Latin America and generally located in the Benson Latin American Collection are more intensely collected than materials in the same languages originating in Spain or Portugal. Works published in other languages ordinarily are purchased in English translation, except for materials arriving on the Library of Congress Cooperative Acquisitions Programs and materials purchased for the Middle Eastern and Asian Studies collections.

B. Chronological Guidelines: No limitations.

C. Geographical Guidelines: No limitations.

D. Treatment of Subject: Juvenile materials and introductory textbooks are not ordinarily purchased. Some textbooks on specific topics will be of interest.

E. Types of Material: Reference materials will be collected extensively as will the transactions and proceedings of conferences and society publications. Theses and dissertations from other institutions will be acquired in limited numbers except for those dealing with Latin American History, which are comprehensively acquired. Microforms will be purchased as an alternative to more expensive hard copy. Expensive microform projects will be purchased as funds permit, but for the most part such purchases are possible only using funds allotted for a special purpose or on endowed library funds.

F. Date of Publications: There will be an emphasis on current books. In retrospective buying, generally speaking, no preference will be given to original printings over reprints.

G. Other General Considerations: These guidelines are written with the main collection in mind. History students and faculty, however, have wide-ranging interests, and there are numerous collections both on and off the campus that supplement the holdings of the PCL (Main) Library.

Within The University of Texas Libraries, the Center for American History and the Benson Latin American Collection have pre-eminent History collections for the regions included in their collecting profiles. The Asian Collection, South Asian Collection, and Middle East Collection contain History materials in the vernacular languages of the countries included in those geographical designations. The L.B.J. Public Affairs Library is a good resource for materials on recent North American politics and government.

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center contains numerous collections of great value to Historians. Areas of strength include 20th century radicalism, World War I, the Spanish Civil War, the Queen Anne period in English History, 18th and 19th century England, and Colonial America. The collection of medieval materials and early printed books in original and facsimile and the History of science collection are outstanding. Separate HRC collections of interest include the Photography Collection and the Grattan Collection of Southwest Pacificana.

Campus libraries outside The University of Texas Libraries system with collections of interest are the Population Research Center Library (international censuses, demographic materials), the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library (archives and oral History material relating to the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations), and the Tarlton Law Library: Jamail Center for Legal Research

Other resources in Austin include the Genealogical Libraries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Texas State Library (archives, State History, and documents), the Legislative Reference Library (State Legislative Archives and History), the library of the Presbyterian Seminary, the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest Library which contains the national archives of the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Archives of Texas, and the Austin History Center at the Public Library.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
Auxiliary Sciences of History PCL C B[2] History
Exception- Classical Numismatics Classics CJ 201-1397;
CJ 4861-4867;
CJ 5581-5690
C[3] Classics
Biography: See Footnote 1 PCL CT 21-3910 D[4] History
General and Old World History: See Footnote 2 PCL D C[3] History
Exception- Classical Greece and Rome: See Footnote 3 Classics D 52-90 C[4] Classics
England PCL DA 1-745 C[4] History
Latin America - - - See the Benson Collection Statement
American History: See Footnote 4 PCL E-F D[4] History
Exception- Canada: See Footnote 5 PCL F 1001-1140 C[3] History

Footnote 1:
See others as appropriate.

Footnote 2:
See also Area Studies statements as appropriate.

Footnote 3:
See also the Greek and Latin Literature Statements.

Footnote 4:
See also the U.S. Depository statement regarding federal government documents and the Center for American History Statement regarding Texas State documents.

Footnote 5:
See also the Public Affairs Library Statement regarding Canadian government documents.

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