Littlefield Fund for Southern History

The Littlefield Fund for Southern History was endowed to provide resources "for the full and impartial study of the South and its part in American History". To this end the Fund since 1914 has been used to purchase primary and secondary materials on a comprehensive, and in some areas exhaustive, level. Although American history has been the primary collecting field, many other disciplines have benefited from the Fund; these include agriculture, American literature, anthropology, architecture, art, business, economics, education, ethnic studies, geography, music, religion, sociology, and the sciences. Any aspect of the life, culture, and history of the southern United States is within the collection scope of the fund.

Mainstream titles on Southern history are acquired through our purchase and selection plans, allowing Littlefield funds to be used for specialized titles, works published by regional and state historical societies, regional and state archives, regional museums, private presses, and similar publishers with limited distribution.  Primary sources such as newspapers, serials, personal papers, and ephemera may be acquired in the original, digital or microformats.

English is the primary language of the collection. Works in other languages are collected when relevant.

Chronological coverage ranges from the founding of the United States to the present day.  The main emphasis of purchases is the Colonial period through Reconstruction (1600-1900).  Works focusing on more recent eras are considered as content warrants, especially if they are primary sources or have significant reference value.  Titles on the Civil Rights movement in the South, for instance, provide an intellectual continuum to the Civil War and Reconstruction holdings.

Geographical coverage includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, are the states usually included in a definition of the region. For some purposes, the border states of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Maryland are added. For the topics of slavery, anti-slavery, the Civil War, and reconstruction, there are no geographical constraints. For example, a regimental history of a Pennsylvania company that fought for the Union is considered a legitimate Littlefield purchase. Since the slave trade and the anti-slavery movement were worldwide in scope, materials are also collected to document them, regardless of geographic area.

Any treatment, including juvenilia and textbooks, will be collected. Some treatments ordinarily excluded from related statements will be collected. These include genealogy, local histories, non-UT dissertations, non-Texas documents, local census material, cemetery rolls, and county records.

Ebooks are acquired both to supplement the print collections and when it is the only format available for purchase.  Databases of primary source materials, including newspapers, books, photographs, government publications and data are acquired by purchase to support the core collection.  Original digitization of historical materials such as newspapers may also be funded.

Virtually all types of hard copy materials are collected including pamphlets, manuscripts and archives, newspapers, maps and atlases, government documents, broadsides, photographs, drawings, prints, posters, postcards, other works of art.  Out of print volumes are purchase occasionally.  Audiovisual materials collected include video and audio recordings, microforms, films, digitized photographs and typescripts.

Both current and retrospective works are collected. In some instances a reprint will be acquired as a reading copy even when the original edition is in the collection.

The primary locations are the Perry-Castañeda Library for most books, serials and microforms, and the Center for American History for rare books and maps, serials, newspapers and ephemera.  There is duplication between the Perry-Castañeda Library and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History for recent materials to allow for both circulating and archival copies of major works, particularly those relating to Texas.  Because the Littlefield Collection is not a separate entity, materials purchased on the Fund might be in any library location.  Ebooks and other materials in electronic formats are available through the Library’s web site and in some cases in the University of Texas Digital Repository.

Littlefield funds should generally be used for one-time purchases.  Subscriptions should not be placed on the Littlefield Fund.  Unique titles or collections requiring a commitment over several years must be approved by the Vice-Provost and Director of the University of Texas Libraries.

Contact Shiela Winchester, Librarian

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