Review by Choice Review
Researchers should find this second edition helpful in obtaining holdings information on archives and manuscripts repositories across the nation. It provides holdings data on 4,560 repositories, an increase of 1,400 over the 1978 edition. For some states (e.g., Kentucky), repository listings have nearly tripled in number. Unfortunately, the time lag between data compilation (1983) and publication have reduced the accuracy and scope of holdings information, addresses, and telephone numbers. Most holdings information updates appear minor; some are unchanged from the first edition (CH, Jul '79). Essays on local records programs for the individual states are badly outdated, and often are repeated from the 1978 edition. Equally disappointing are the responses from large repositories. Major omissions include the New York State Archives and the North Dakota State Archives (the latter missing from both editions). Despite these shortcomings, this publication should be acquired by medium to large academic libraries that support graduate programs in the social sciences. Historians, graduate students, and genealogists will find it indispensable in planning research trips. -F. R. Levstik, Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives
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