Review by Choice Review
Superseding in all respects the 1974 Guide to the National Archives of the United States, this magisterial reference work provides an introduction to more than 1.7 million cubic feet of textual records, 300,000 rolls of microfilm, 2.3 million maps and charts, 9.2 million aerial photographs, 7.4 million still pictures, 178,000 sound recordings, 123,000 motion picture reels, and 7,000 computer data sets located in National Archives depositories in Washington; College Park, MD;, regional branches; presidential libraries; and affiliated archives. It describes NARA's holdings as of September 1, 1994. The Guide is organized into descriptions of nearly 500 record groups, some dating from the prefederal period, that document the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Separately published finding aids noted in some record group descriptions supplement Guide entries. The third volume is a comprehensive index. A brief review of so important and thorough a guide to our nation's public records does not do justice to its complexity and its utility. Suffice it to note here that the Guide should be found in all academic libraries. N. C. Burckel Marquette University
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Review by Library Journal Review
This comprehensive guide describes holdings of the Washington, D.C., area and the regional repositories of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) as of October 1, 1994. Included are records created or received by the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Each agency or federal entity is represented by a chapter featuring a brief administrative history, a summary description of archival holdings (e.g., textual records, microfilm publications, photos, sound recordings, and machine-readable records), quantity of holdings, and notes on subject terms and available finding aids. More detailed information about microfilm holdings is available in National Archives Microfilm Resources for Research: A Comprehensive Catalog (1996). Last year the Guide to Federal Records was distributed to selecting federal depository libraries and supersedes both the 1974 edition and its 1987 reprint. It is also available on NARA's web site at gopher://clio.nara.gov/11/inform/guide. This attractive three-volume set belongs in the reference collection of any library serving an interest in American history.Patrick Ragains, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.