Collection Development - History

Collections LibrarianGraham Henderson (x3514)

The collection development policy for History guides the development and management of History materials in the Wellesley College Library. This policy is for use by the Wellesley College community and the History collections librarian. Faculty and students are encouraged to provide recommendations for library materials.

General purpose of the collection

History materials in the Wellesley College Library support the History department curriculum. In addition, the collection supports the programs and disciplines in which an historical perspective is employed. The role of women in history has been given special emphasis. The materials provide for undergraduate study, faculty instruction, and basic faculty research. Unless specified below, the History collections librarian collects all matters historical.

Description of the collection

1. Readership level: The History collection consists primarily of works written for the basic through advanced undergraduate level and for basic faculty research. Graduate- and research-level publications are collected selectively.

2. Languages collected or excluded: English-language materials predominate but histories of other countries written in their languages are collected selectively and on request of faculty.

3. Geographical areas covered by the collections in terms of intellectual content, publication sources, or both, and specific areas excluded, as appropriate: No area of the world is excluded from consideration, although acquisitions are selective in the case of Oceana and Scandinavia. Material regarding Oceanic and Scandinavian countries is collected primarily for History when covered as part of a broader world view, or regarding historical relations between the United States and Scandinavian or Oceanic countries. The United States, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Asia receive particular attention.

4. Chronological periods collected in terms of publication dates, and specific periods excluded, as appropriate: The collection emphasizes current material, with the primary purpose of supporting coursework, student research, and basic faculty research. Older imprints are acquired selectively, usually as replacements for classic works, or at the specific request of a student or faculty member.

Reference: Reference material for History is purchased by the History collections librarian for Research and Instruction and follows the general subject parameters of the History collections policy. The scope includes, but is not limited to, the following types of material: biographies, dictionaries/thesauri/nomenclature aids, encyclopedias, style and/or literature guides, and occasional electronic search aids and directories which support curricular or related professional programs.

General subject boundaries and library locations

History materials are housed in Clapp Library.

1. Special Subject Emphases: Traditionally, the History collection has emphasized coverage of the United States and Europe.

2. Current Collecting Priorities: As the curriculum has expanded, the collections holdings on the history of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa have been given priority.

3. Subjects Collected Selectively: The History collection contains fewer volumes and is increased more selectively in the following geographic areas: Scandinavia and Oceana.

Related subjects and interdisciplinary relationships

The History selector acquires library materials with an historical focus for the following Wellesley College programs: Africana Studies, American Studies, Women's Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies. The following topics fall within the purview of the following subject selectors:

Africana Studies: The Africana Studies collections librarian collects materials pertaining to the history of the Caribbean and the African Diaspora. The History collections librarian collects materials pertaining to the history of Africa and African American history.

Anthropology: The Anthropology collections librarian collects materials pertaining to Native American culture except for the history of the contacts between native and European peoples.

American Studies: The American Studies collections librarian collaborates with the History collections librarian to acquire materials pertaining to United States history.

Classical Studies: The Classical Studies collections librarian is responsible for the collection of materials pertaining to classical times, including classical archaeology.

Education: The Education collections librarian primarily acquires historic materials pertaining to 19th and 20th century American education.

German: The German collections librarian supplements the History collection by acquiring materials pertaining to the history of Germany.

Jewish Studies: The Jewish Studies collections librarian has primary responsibility for selecting materials related to Jewish history, although the History collections librarian will supplement this collection.

Peace and Justice Studies: The Peace and Justice Studies collections librarian supplements the History collection by acquiring materials pertaining to the history of peace movements and nonviolent change.

Religion: The Religion collections librarian has primary responsibility for selecting materials relating to religion and history, although the History collections librarian will supplement this collection.

Women's Studies: The History collections librarian supplements the selections of the Women's Studies collections librarian by acquiring historical works pertaining to women.

    Types of materials

    Collected: Books, periodicals, and reference works, including encyclopedias, biographical and subject-specific dictionaries, handbooks, and almanacs.

    Collected Selectively: Conference proceedings, multi-media publications, spoken-word recordings, electronic resources, dissertations, foreign-language monographs, research-level monographs, foreign-language periodicals, and videos and DVDs (Region 1 DVD and NTSC VHS are the preferred formats for video materials. Region2/PAL videorecordings are acquired when this is the only format available).

    Not Collected: Textbooks, foreign-language dissertations, single or discrete issues of periodicals, vanity press publications, non-journal microforms, and 16mm or 35mm films.