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Title:
Guide to sources in American journalism history
Author:
Caswell, Lucy Shelton.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwood Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
vi, 319 pages ; 25 cm.
General Note:
"Prepared under the auspices of the American Journalism Historians Association."
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780313261787
Format :
Book

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Summary

This is an important book not only because it describes archival and manuscript collections in 40 states, but because it is also the first of its kind devoted exclusively to journalism history. Entries are further subdivided by institution and special collection, and include address, hours, and services. This source also contains seven authoritative essays on historical writing, research, databases, bibliographies, oral history, etc. . . . Caswell has identified in painstaking detail a large number of collections and finally made them accessible to educators, historians, graduate students, and communications librarians. Highly recommended. Library Journal

The history of journalism is generally regarded as one of the least developed and most widely overlooked areas of mass communications scholarship and teaching. This comprehensive volume, undertaken under the aegis of the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA), was developed to meet the needs for definitive information and resources in this area. It is the only work available which focuses specifically on manuscript sources relating to journalism history.

The guide includes essays by authorities in the areas of historiography, bibliographic sources, databases relating to journalism history, U.S. Newspaper Program, and oral history. Historical sources documenting the news function of print and electronic media in the U.S. are listed along with specific information about collections in archival and manuscript repositories in 40 states. An extensive name index to special collections enables the researcher to link related materials held by different institutions.


Author Notes

LUCY SHELTON CASWELL is Associate Professor and Curator of the Library of Communication and Graphic Arts at Ohio State University. She specializes in the history of cartoon art and special collections librarianship. She is the author of a previous book, articles, and has mounted numerous exhibitions.


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Library Journal Review

This is an important book not only because it describes archival and manuscript collections in 40 states, but because it is also the first of its kind devoted exclusively to journalism history. Entries are further subdivided by institution and special collection, and include address, hours, and services. This source also contains seven authoritative essays on historical writing, research, databases, bibliographies, oral history, etc. There is a name index, but subjects are not listed. Certainly there are omissions (the University of South Florida, American Newspaper Publishers Association, and The Poynter Institute of Media Studies spring to mind), but Caswell has identified in painstaking detail a large number of collections and finally made them accessible to educators, historians, graduate students, and communications librarians. Highly recommended.-- Jo Cates, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

The first 98 pages of Caswell's guide contain seven essays, carefully crafted by senior journalism professors, on bibliographic resources and research methods for historians concerned with journalism in the US. Michael Murray writes on the American Journalism Historians Association (which has sponsored this guide), W. David Sloan on historiography, John Pauly on trends in research in the field, Jean Ward and Kathleen Hansen on printed bibliographies and electronic databases of particular interest to journalism historians, Gary Charbonneau on the US Newspaper Program, and Maurine Beasley on oral history. The remainder of the guide comprises a state-by-state listing of significant archival and manuscript sources currently available to researchers in the US. Only basic directory information is provided for each repository, such as address, telephone number, name of librarian or curator, and availability of photocopy services. A detailed name index for the archival and manuscript section concludes the book; regrettably, the initial essays, which contain many specific references, are not indexed. This guide nicely complements R.A. Schwarzlose's Newspapers: A Reference Guide (CH, Jun'88) and W.D. Sloan's American Journalism History (CH, Oct'89). All three titles are highly recommended for serious journalism collections. -K. F. Kister, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies


Table of Contents

Preface Research Strategies in Journalism
History Laying a Foundation for the Study of Journalism History
The Organization of the American Journalism Historians Association
The History of Historical Writing New Directions for Research in Journalism
History Research Methods in Journalism
History Bibliographies for Journalism History
A Selection Databases for Historical Research
The United States Newspaper Program Oral History Archival and Manuscript
Sources Guide to Archival and Manuscript Sources
Index