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The encyclopedia of the Central West
Carpenter, Allan, 1917-2003.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, 1990.
Physical Description:
544 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Format :


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F351 .C325 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A regional encyclopedia with entries encompassing subjects connected to Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, N. Dakota, Oklahoma, S. Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. The b&w photos contribute little. For popular audiences, public and high school libraries. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

The fourth in a series of regional encyclopedias ( The Encyclopedia of the Midwest , LJ 7/89, The Encyclopedia of the South, LJ 1/86, and The Encyclopedia of New England), this volume covers ten states from Texas to Montana. Carpenter, the author of both this and the previous volume, has written numerous state and regional histories for young readers. Like the Midwest, this features clearly displayed statistics for states and major cities, cross references, and subjects covered in less detail, or entirely omitted, from general encyclopedias. Unfortunately, this volume is marred by an abundance of spelling and minor factual errors. (Senator Nancy Kassebaum's name is misspelled Kastenbaum in the index and Katzenbaum on pages 254 and 486.) Statistics are frequently dated, e.g., most university enrollment figures are for 1985-86. The select bibliography is somewhat dated as well. As in the Midwest , many illustrations are poorly reproduced. Fascinating information in a convenient form, but still a marginal purchase.-- Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This fourth regional Facts on File encyclopedia follows encyclopedias of New England (1985), the South (1985), and the Midwest (CH, Oct'89). This one-volume encyclopedia covers ten states in the central western US: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Readable, brief entries cover such subjects as geography, history, economics, and biographies. The initial article on each state may be several pages in length. Unfortunately, there are typos, transpositions of numbers, and misalignments of columns. In checking entries for New Mexico, several errors and omissions were discovered. Under "Atomic Bomb," Trinity Site is placed near Los Alamos rather than Alamogordo. There are no cross-references to Trinity Site or Atomic Bomb in the article treating WW II nor are there references from ranching to cattle ranching. There is no entry for Georgia O'Keeffe although the New Mexico article calls her the most notable of all artists attracted to the Santa Fe region. The bibliography includes some of the classic works, but it is badly dated. The chief value of this book is inclusion of people and places missing from works covering larger areas. Libraries in the region or universities aiming for comprehensive regional coverage should consider for purchase. -K. F. Jones, California State University, Sacramento