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A guide to pre-federal records in the National Archives
Wehmann, Howard H.
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Publication Information:
Washington, DC : National Archives and Records Administration, 1989.
Physical Description:
xiii, 375 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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CD3045 .W44 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Will assist researchers in locating records in the National Archives that were created during, or relate directly to, the period preceding March 4, 1789. Covers records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses, the Constitutional Convention, Departments of State and the Treasury, Office of the Chief of Engineers, the Quartermaster General, Bureau of Land Management, the Adjutant General's Office, and the Veterans Administration. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Compiler Wehmann is familiar with Federal records as the reviser of the US National Archives, Preliminary Inventory of the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records (1970) and as compiler of Records Pertaining to Indians in Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses (1972). This new work includes an introduction that explains the type of materials included, how collections are established at the National Archives, and the concept of a record group. The main section is an alphabetical listing of the basic record groups included in the Guide with annotations; appendixes list National Archive microfilm publications included in the Guide and indicate whether a descriptive pamphlet is available. There is also a bibliography of selected publications by and about the National Archives and an index. Because of the nature of archival collections, this guide really contains much information beyond the pre-Federal period. The annotations are excellent but even with the index cannot begin to reveal the incredible scope of these collections. Although Wehmann's guide may be too perplexing for the beginner or too general for the sophisticated archival user, it does bring together a wealth of information on the National Archives and it is a valuable addition to libraries with patrons or staff who need to access these records. -D. D. Siles, Wells College