Guides to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States

An Annotated Bibliography

by Donald L. DeWitt


This volume is the first comprehensive bibliography of guides, directories, calendars, inventories, and registers to the best research collections in the United States. Cutting across disciplines, it contains over 2,000 annotated citations listed under topical and geographical headings. An easy-to-use, detailed index quickly locates guides for hundreds of libraries, archives, and special collections.

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January 1994


Pages 496
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/General

This bibliography is the first to provide systematic coverage of the numerous guides, directories, calendars, inventories, and registers on archives and manuscript collections in the United States. It also covers guides to foreign archives holding materials crucial to an understanding of U.S. history and extends beyond the continential United States to include archives in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other Trust Territories. Cutting across disciplines, this bibliography cites more than 2,000 titles from the humanities and the social and physical sciences. It also includes guides to the voluminous holdings of the federal government. The entries are arranged in both topical and geographical headings. Annotations are designed to clarify a guide's title and to help researchers to ascertain the guide's usefulness to them. The index will help researchers to locate quickly guides to the holdings that will be most useful to them. This volume will be a valuable tool for scholars and researchers using unpublished sources as well as for librarians.

Table of Contents

General Collections
Business Collections
Ethnic Minorities and Women
Federal Archives
Fine Arts Collections
Literary Collections
Military Collections
Political Collections
Professional Groups and Organizations
Regional Collections
Religious Groups
Foreign Repositories Holding U.S.-Related Records
U.S. Repositories Holding Foreign Records or Manuscripts



This book makes an excellent research tool. Recommended for all general reference collections of academic and large public libraries.— Reference Book Review

Three cheers for Donald A. DeWitt! He has taken on the onerous, yet indispensable task of compiling a bibliography of finding aids for archival records located in United States repositories. DeWitt has produced a reference work that will provide historical investigators and archivists with a valuable first step in identifying original source materials.—Insights

The author should be complimented for his painstaking, meticulous and conscientious compilation of this guide to archival resources. This volume is both a time-saver and a money-saver. All reference rooms must have this publication in their collections.—International Social Science Review

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