Collection Development Statement History


The History Collection is a collection of circulating and reference books in the 900s of the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

. Purpose of Collection

The collection supports instruction and research in every field and period of history which is part of the History Curriculum.

. User Population (Curricular and Program Needs)

Students, faculty and staff in History in the Department of Social Sciences and the Teachers College at Emporia State University utilize the History Collection.  Degrees offered in the area of History include Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelor of Science in History, Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Teaching in Social Sciences.  Students, who are preparing for teacher licensure, are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Education program.  A program for post-baccalaureate teacher certification in Social Sciences is also offered.

The Department of Social Sciences also offers Minors in History and Social Sciences.  History courses are also taken to satisfy requirements for general education. A Master's Degree in History can be combined with a Master's Degree in Library and Information Management.  An archival internship program is offered in branches of the National Archives and other archival institutions.  Public History is a strength in History.  The Center for the Great Plains is also an area of strength at ESU.

History of Collection (Collection Characteristics)

The History Collection dates to the collection of books in the Kansas State Normal School where the emphasis was on preparing teachers.  The History Collection grew as this institution evolved from KSN to Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia Kansas State College and Emporia State University.  The History Collection grew in size and scope as the Social Sciences Department and library collection grew in the Kellogg Library and the William Allen White Library.

Existing Strengths and Weaknesses

The History Collection is strong in the areas of History of Kansas, The Great Plains, Indians of North America, the United States especially Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War, U.S.S.R. and Eastern European History, English History, Ancient Civilizations, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Weaknesses are in the History of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Far, Near and Middle East, some European countries including Ireland and Current History.

Collecting Priorities (include retention strategies)

These priorities need to reflect the History curriculum which is currently undergoing a massive reorganization on the undergraduate and graduate level including a strong archival component and a National Security concentration.  The History selector needs to confer with Dr. John Sacher about the library's role in supporting the revised curriculum.  Bibliographies, which are part of the curriculum revision documents need to be checked against the library's holdings.  Materials will need to be ordered to support the revised curriculum.  Books in the History Collection, which support the mission of the History Program, need to be retained.

Selection Process and Tools

. Particular vendors

. Specific Selection Guides


  • ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HISTORIANS AND HISTORICAL WRITING (London; Chicago:  Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999)



. Publishers to be Aware of in this Subject

  • University Press of Kansas

  • Cambridge University Press

  • Oxford University Press

  • University  Presses