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subject description and guidelines

  • American history consists of the factual study and analysis of the political, social, intellectual, cultural, diplomatic, military, ethnic, gender, or local history of the geographic area between Mexico and Canada. It includes the study of native populations and colonial history prior to the establishment of the nation.   In recent years, interdisciplinary study of American history has become the norm.  Because of the breadth and depth of the general field, many librarians are involved in the acquisition of materials in American history.


  • The American History collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the History Department as well as a number of other departments and colleges across campus (especially Government and the Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History in ILR). There are over twenty faculty members directly involved in the field of American History and an indeterminate number, in such diverse areas as American Studies and Science and Technology Studies, who are interested in various aspects of the history of the United States. The collection supports a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses.