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III. Policies: History

  • Subject name: History
  • Subject abbreviations: HIST
  • Bibliographer: Thea Lindquist
  • Other subject responsibilities: Germanic Studies
  • Address: 184 UCB, Humanities Department
  • Phone: 303-492-3996
  • Email: Thea.Lindquist@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
The collection of historical primary and secondary-source material supports teaching and research in history and its auxiliary sciences. The collection development emphasis is on acquiring current and retrospective materials to support the present and future needs of faculty and student research and teaching of the Department of History at the University of Colorado Boulder.

A. Curricular emphasis:
History instruction in all geographic and thematic areas, particularly for the U.S., Europe, and Asia; includes undergraduate general education courses and upper-division and graduate courses for history students as well many other humanities and social sciences disciplines.


B. Research emphasis:
Research interests cover all geographic and thematic areas; they are most diverse in American and European history, with healthy representation in the history of World Areas, particularly South and East Asia.


C. Level of Degrees granted:


D. Special Studies Programs:
Asian Studies Major, Ethnic Studies Major, Jewish Studies Major, and Women and Gender Studies Major; British and Irish Studies Certificate Program, Central and East European Studies Certificate Program, Foundations of Western Civilization Certificate Program, Jewish Studies Certificate Program, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Certificate Program, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Certificate Program, South Asian Languages and Civilizations Certificate Program, and Western American Studies Certificate Program; MA in Asian History, MA in History and French, MA in History and East Asian Languages and Civilization, and MA in History and Religious Studies.


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
All subjects, particularly other humanities and social sciences subjects such as archaeology, classics, political science, and foreign languages, race, ethnic, and gender studies.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Center for the American West, Center for British and Irish Studies, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Center for Ethnicity and Race in America, Center for the Humanities and Arts, Center for Asian Studies.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
History teachers and students, genealogists, other interlibrary loan and public patrons.


H. Other Considerations:
The majority of the collection is located in the Norlin Library stacks, but works of historical interest are also housed in branch libraries as appropriate. Major reference works are located in the Research Area of Norlin. In general, lesser-used materials with adequate intellectual access are in off-site storage (PASCAL).

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Approval plan for U.S. and British imprints through Ingram; firm orders for U.S. and British imprints through Ingram and other vendors as appropriate; approval plans for French and German history through Aux Amateurs de Livres and Harrassowitz, respectively; foreign-language orders through various, mainly European, vendors. Faculty and graduate student requests are high priority. Gift materials are accepted selectively based on the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
English and the major Western European languages are the main languages for primary and secondary source materials; other languages are collected as necessary. In general, no language is excluded; rather, research and programmatic needs and the level and quality of the publication are the determining factors in the selection decision.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
No time period is excluded.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
No geographical area is excluded.


E. Treatment of Subject:
Primary and secondary sources, both general and scholarly treatments, especially those those supporting the major areas of concentration (Ancient history, American history, European history, and the history of World Areas). Those suitable for undergraduates are mainly, though not exclusively, in English. Works relating to the history of the American West and British history are collected as comprehensively as possible.


F. Types of Materials:
Monographs, periodicals, newspapers, reference works, microforms, electronic resources, and audio-visual materials that support curriculum and research (DVD format preferred).


G. Date of Publication:
Current and retrospective.


H. Other General Considerations:

1. The History librarian coordinates purchasing with other subject specialists in the Libraries when there is an overlap of subjects. This is particularly the case with Archaeology, Anthropology and Ethnography, Classics, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, and Women and Gender Studies.


2. Duplicate holdings of imprints are discouraged. Retrospective purchasing of previous editions of titles already held in the collection is discouraged unless determined to have additional scholarly value. New editions are generally collected only when they contain significant new/revised content.


3. Reprints are purchased whenever possible in lieu of rare and expensive originals.


4. Popular treatments and heavily illustrated works are not collected unless determined to be of historical value.


5. Textbooks and readers intended for classroom use are not collected unless determined to be of long-term value to the collection.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class

C Auxiliary Sciences of History (excluding CC, Archaeology)

C Auxiliary Sciences of History (General)
CB History of Civilization
CD Diplomatics, Archives, Seals
CE Technical Chronology, Calendar
CJ Numismatics (CJ201-1397, overlap with Classics)
CN Inscriptions, Epigraphy
CR Heraldry
CS Genealogy
CT Biography

D History (General) and History of Europe

D History (General)
DA Great Britain
DAW Central Europe
DB Austria, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Czechoslovakia
DC France, Andorra, Monaco
DD Germany
DE Greco-Roman World (overlap with Classics)
DF Greece (DF 1-289, overlap with Classics)
DG Italy, Malta (DG1-365, overlap with Classics)
DH Low Countries, Benelux Countries
DJ Netherlands (Holland)
DJK Eastern Europe (General)
DK Russia, Soviet Union, Former Soviet Republics – Poland
DL Northern Europe, Scandinavia
DP Spain – Portugal
DQ Switzerland
DR Balkan Peninsula
DS Asia
DT Africa
DU Oceania (South Seas)
DX Gypsies

E-F History: America


U Military Science (non-historical works, overlap with Political Science)

U Military science (General)
UA Armies: Organization, Distribution, Military situation
UB Military administration
UC Maintenance and transportation
UD Infantry
UE Cavalry, Armor
UF Artillery
UG Military engineering, Air forces
UH Other services

V Naval Science (non-historical works, overlap with Political Science)

V Naval science (General)
VA Navies: Organization, Distribution, Military situation
VB Naval administration
VC Naval maintenance
VD Naval seamen
VE Marines
VF Naval ordinance
VG Minor services of navies
VK Navigation, Merchant marine
VM Naval architecture, Shipbuilding, Marine engineering