A. Chronological emphasis:
- Comprehensive Level -- Revolutionary/Early Republic eras, the Slavery era, the Civil War, and the Twentieth Century.
Level -- Washington's administration, Post-1880 foreign relations with
China, Germany, and Great Britain. Post-1910 with the Soviet Union,
Japan, and Mexico.
- Advanced Study Level -- John Adams', Jefferson's, Jackson's administrations.
Study Level -- Confederation, Madison's, Monroe's, J.Q. Adams', Van
Buren's, Harrison's, Tyler's, Polk's, Taylor's, Fillmore’s, Pierce's
and Buchanan's administrations, War of 1812 and the Mexican War,
post-Civil War administrations.
B. Languages Included/Excluded:
Overall English is the preferred language. Seminal works in other
Western languages will be considered. Spanish and French works dealing
with the discovery and exploration of the Americas will be added. In
foreign relations between the United States and another country,
important works in the vernacular of the country will be obtained.
Non-English manuscript materials on microfilm will be obtained only
after need has been convincingly demonstrated by researchers.
C. Geographic Emphasis/Restrictions:
Strong emphasis on Midwest, Middle Atlantic States, Massachusetts,
South Carolina, and California. Increased emphasis on the South and the
Trans-Mississippi West. Less emphasis on the remaining New England
States and the Pacific Northwest.
D. Format of the resources collected and treatment of the subject:
- Materials included--Books, microform pamphlet collections
(when dealing with areas of Levels D-F), serials, manuscript and
newspaper collections on microform, online and spoken-word sound
recordings. Pamphlets only for Level 4. Basic works on US genealogy.
excluded--Dissertations (with exceptions), photo-images or
reproductions (with exceptions), and pamphlets (with exceptions).
Extensive genealogical materials.
E. Date of Publication--No restrictions.