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Boatner, Mark Mayo. The Civil War Dictionary. New York: David McKay Company, Inc., 1959. Ref. E 468 .B7.

Intended for serious students of the Civil War. Over half of the book is made up of brief biographical entries with the remainder consisting mostly of longer entries on military operations. Also has information on military organizations, weapons, tactics and strategy, military terms, naval matters and political issues.

Boatner, Mark Mayo. Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. New York: David McKay Company, Inc., 1974. Ref. E 208 .B68 1974.

Deals primarily with American history during the period 1763-1783 but also covers British, French and German participation in the war. Most of the articles are about people or battles. The size of the article depends on the importance of the topic. Maps and sketches are included.

Dictionary of American History: Revised Edition. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976 (8 volumes). Ref. E 174 .D52 1976.

This basic American history encyclopedia contains 7,200 entries covering science and technology, military history, political science, economics, the arts and general history. The size of the entries ranges form a paragraph to a few pages.

Encyclopedia of American Economic History: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas. Edited by Glenn Porter. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1980 (3 volumes).
Ref. +HC 103 .E52.

Contains a collection of lengthy essays on "anumber of aspects of the collective American economic experience." Part I is a historiography and Part II is a chronology of American economic history. Part III covers a framework of American economic growth. Parts IV and V look at economic history from an institutional and social point of view, respectively.

Encyclopedia of American History. Edited by Richard Morris. New York: Harper and Row, 1976. Ref. E 174.5 .M847 1976.

Facts are organized both chronologically and topically. The aim is to provide "essential facts about American life and institutions." Part I, organized chronologically, presents the major political and military events in the history of the U.S. Part II, organized topically, covers non-political aspects of American life. Part III, organized topically, has short biographical sketches of 500 notable americans.

Encyclopedia of American Political History: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas. Edited by Jack Greene. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1984 (3 volumes).
Ref. +E 183 .E5 1984.

The 90 articles cover events, documents, issues, themes, institutions, processes and developments in U.S. political history from before independence to the present. The articles are lengthy and meant to provide fairly detailed accounts of each subject.

The Encyclopedia of Southern History. Edited by David C. Roller and Robert W. Twyman. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press. 1979. Ref. F 207.7 .E52.

The goal of this encyclopedia is to answer the most frequently asked questions about Southern history. It defines the South as the District of Columbia and those states that accepted the practice of slavery in 1860. Includes articles on such subjects as people, state and regional associations, culture, and economics. Also includes large articles on each of the 16 southern states.

Findling, John E. Dictionary of American Diplomatic History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 1980. Ref. E 183.7 .F5.

"Provides basic factual information about more than 500 persons associated with U.S. foreign policy from the Revolution through 1978 as well as descriptions or definitions of more than 500 non-biographical items connected with American diplomacy, ranging from crises to catchwords."

Historical Dictionary of the New Deal. Edited by James S. Olson. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 1985. Ref. E 806 .H58 1985.

Major focus is on domestic policy between 1933 and 1940. "Provides brief descriptive essays on most of the people, agencies and legislation important to the New Deal."

Johnson, Thomas H. The Oxford Companion to American History. New York: Oxford University Press. 1966. Ref. E 174 .J6.

"Attempts to serve as a one-volume reference book on american history. Includes summaries of lives, events and places significant in the founding and growth of the nation." Covers all fields from the arts and education to politics and science.


The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates (Sixth Edition). Edited by Gorton Carruth. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1972. Ref. E 174.5 .C3 1972.

Includes "a vast number of the most interesting events from America's past" arranged both in chronological order and at the same time in concurrent order. Provides "a complete, cross-referenced index for instant and easy consulting." Covers from 986 to 1971.

Long, E.B. The Civil War Day by Day: An Almanac 1861-1865. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1971. Ref. E 468.3 .L6.

The main section of this book is a day-by-day narrative of the events of the Civil War from late 1860 to early 1866. Also contains special studies giving statistical information on the people of war, the men at war and the economics of war. Includes an extensive index and bibliography.

The Timetables of American History. Edited by Laurence Urdang. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981. Ref. +E 18.5 .U75.

Lists events which occurred between 1000 and 1980. Events are listed chronologically under the headings. "History and Politics," "The Arts," "Science and Technology" and "Miscellaneous," for both American and elsewhere. Includes an extensive index.


The American Heritage Pictorial Atlas of U.S. History. New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., 1966. Ref. G 1202 .S1A4 1966.
Covers from prehistory to 1966. Maps are arranged chronologically but cover economic, social and geographical concepts within each time period. Most maps are in color.

Paullin, Charles O. Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States. Washington, DC: New York: Carnegie Institution of Washington and the American Geographical Society of New York, 1932. Ref. G 1201 .S1P3 1932.

Although this atlas was published over 50 years ago it is still a useful source of historical information. The maps, many of which are in color, cover such topics as geography, population, politics, economics, military history and political, social and educational reforms. Also includes copies of some maps made between 1492 and 1867.

The West Point Atlas of American Wars. Edited by Vincent J. Esposito. New York: Fredrick A. Praeger, 1959(2 volumes). Ref. G 1201 .S1U5 1959.

Designed for use by U.S. Military Academy cadets in their studies, this atlas covers U.S. wars from the colonial wars up to the Korean War. There are brief narratives accompanying each map. The atlas is mainly concerned with land forces operations. Includes charts of chronology for the Civil War, World War I and World War II.


Tinling, Marion. Women Remembered: A Guide to Landmarks of Women's History in the United States. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986 Ref. E 159 .T56 1986.

Contains annotated listings of sites named for or connected with famous women. Each entry describes the life of the woman honored. Women included are "memorable for contributions to society, for acts of heroism, or as participants in some historical event."

A Historical Guide to the United States. Prepared by the American Association for State and Local History. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1986. Ref. E 159 .H 718 1986.

Discusses in detail two or three historic sites for each state, giving the historical significance of the site as well as physical description. Also includes annotated lists of other historic sites for each state.


Album of American History. Edited by JAmes Truslow Adams. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969 (6 volumes). Ref. E 178.5 .A482.

This six volume set attempts to show the history of the U.S. from pre-colonial times to 1968 through photographs and pictures. The pictures are grouped by time period but are accessible through an extensive index. Pictured are everything from combat to cultural events, form politics to the way people lived.

United States. Bureau of the Census. Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1975 (2 volumes). Ref. +HA 202 .B87 1975.

The objectives of this set are to provide a source of historical statistics and to serve as a guide to more detailed sources of statistics. More than 12,500 statistical tables are included covering such areas as population, agriculture, and government. There is a seperate chapter on colonial and pre-federal statistics.


Cassara, Ernest. History of the United States of America: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., 1977. Ref. Z 1236 .C33.

An annotated bibliography of close to 2,000 books tht have "received recognition for making valuable contributions to our understanding of the American past." Most of the books listed are scholarly but some popular works are also included.

Harvard Guide to American History. Edited by Frank Freidel. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1974 (2 volumes). Ref. Z1236 .F77 1974.

This guide selected material likely "to be most immediately useful to the searcher into political, social, constitutional and economic history." Volume I is organized topically and Volume II is organized chronologically. Both journal articles and books are included.

Compiled by Kelly Nagle
Spring 1988

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