Review by Choice Review
An aid to research-not just to printed materials but to libraries, publishers, institutes, and groups of all kinds-this guide will be of great value in collections that support Irish research. Its geographic range includes the US, Canada, Ireland, and Northern Ireland (with England covered less deeply); its subjects include agriculture, anthropology, art and architecture, biography, Celtic studies, history in the US and elsewhere, immigration, government and law, literature, theater, maps, natural history, science, resources, and religion. Collections are listed for social and ethnic organizations, academic institutions, major libraries, government bureaus, etc. Arrangement is geographic. A thorough index is provided, although subjects need to be subdivided. Listed for each collection or organization are: purpose, specific Irish resources, special collections, services, rules, and usage. Since information is based in part on a mail survey, the information given sometimes emphasizes minor libraries at the expense of larger ones. The short list of bookstores is inadequate. Within Ireland, Lester lists 122 libraries and special collections; Directory of Libraries in Ireland, ed. by Margaret Barry and A. Bevan (1983), lists 189, and Cle Directory of the Irish Book Trade (1983) many more. Lester gives more data for each entry and provides international coverage. Destined to become a cornerstone of any sizable collection of Irish books; also useful in ethnic studies, US immigration, genealogy, European history, modern international politics.-M.O. Shannon, Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY
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