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Collection Development Policy Statement: Medieval and Renaissance/Early Modern Studies

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject: Emphases/Restrictions

Not past 1800; not prior to 476, topic wise. Medievalism is collected also, that is, writing about the Middle Ages, since then.

B. Language of Resources Collected:


Materials are primarily in English. The Germanic, French, Italian, and Latin American/Iberian studies subject librarians collect works in these languages on this period. Translations into English are collected.

C. Geography of the Subject: Emphases/Restrictions

We emphasize collection of works about the Middle Ages and Renaissance/early modern period in Western Europe, in general, and material about medieval and Renaissance/early modern British Isles history and literature. Works about the medieval and Renaissance/early modern periods in what are today France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, etc. which are published in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, etc. are collected by the Germanic, French, Italian, and Latin American/Iberian, etc. studies subject librarians.  We must keep an eye on campus' need for/demand for materials on Eastern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Bzyantium; because these parts of the world are more studied than previously.  Tamar Boyadjian, English dept., and Noah Kaye, history dept. trend in these directions.

D. Format of the Resources collected: Restrictions, if Any: None

E. Date of Publication of Resources Collected: Emphases, if Any

We emphasize collecting of current imprints of secondary sources. We collect new editions of primary sources of the periods, especially those with new, updated, scholarly introductions and bibliographical apparatus. We collect expensive, printed, manuscript facsimiles in a limited way.

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