History Department Profile
BA with a major in history in a 15 or 20 unit program. “The two main areas of study are European and North American history with an emphasis on the theme of women’s history”.
BA Honours in History (20 units with thesis) or a BA with an Honours Certificate.
LC Class Ranges
Current Collecting Intensity by Collection Level Codes
History of Civilization
Biography of Women (Collective)
General History. Document Collections. Collected Works. Chronological Tables.
Historiography. Historians. Philosophy of History.
D 13 – 16.9
World Histories. Histories Not Restricted by Country / Period.
D 17 – 32
D 51 -95
General Medieval and Modern History
D 101 – 110.5
D 111 – 203
D 204 – 893
World War I
D 503 – 680
World War II
D 741 – 829
General History of Europe
D 900 – 1075
Great Britain. Ireland.
Central Europe. Austria
DAW 1001- 1051 . DB 1-879
Lichtenstein. Hungary. Czech Republic. Slovakia.
Mediterranean ( Greco-Roman World)
Medieval / Modern Greece
Ancient Italy. Rome.
Medieval / Modern Italy
DJK 1- 77
America – General History
Pre-Columbian America. Indians of North America.
Exploration of America
United States – History
E 151 – 904
E 184-6 – E 185.98
The War of 1812
U.S. Local History
The Maritime Provinces
F 1035.8 – 1049.7
Spanish , Latin America.
Voyages and Explorations
History of Discovery. Exploration. Travels.
Voyages and Travels : Polar Regions
G 1 – 151
G 159 – 870
Manners and Customs
History of Clothing and Fashion
GT 500 – 2340
Women and Feminism ; Women’s History
Women in Canada
HQ 1451 – 1459
Serfdom and Slavery
Socialism. Communism. Utopias. Anarchism.
Colonies and Colonization. Migration.
Emigration, Immigration, Migration – Canada
War and the History of War
Materials selected by faculty for students in History are also used by students and faculty in Canadian Studies, Political Studies, Women’s Studies, English, Cultural Studies, Sociology / Anthropology, Religious Studies, and Modern Languages.
Materials are selected by librarians and the History faculty. The librarians select dictionaries and encyclopedias, bibliographies and indexes, chronological tables, some published document collections, biographical dictionaries and collective biographies, atlases of history and exploration.
Selections are made primarily from currently published English language works. Some French language works on France, Quebec and Acadia are acquired. Some retrospective and out of print ordering may be necessary. Dvds may be ordered and will be fully catalogued for Novanet. Donations are accepted ; highly desired are out of print titles on all historical topics , and monographs on Canadian history in general and Atlantic Canadian history and Nova Scotian history in particular.
The library has several microform research collections of interest to faculty and students in History. Women’s history is served by the Gerritsen Collection, the History of Women Collection, and the collections of primary material on women in the peace movement. There are also smaller collections on microfilm on the eugenics movement and the history of witchcraft.
The 1951 fire which destroyed the Mount Saint Vincent College Library resulted in our present library lacking the lengthy retrospective holdings of journals which exist is many other collections. Fortunately, donations and more rarely, retrospective purchasing, have ensured lengthy runs for some titles e.g. Current History ( v. 1, 1916 +) and the Canadian Historical Review ( v.1, 1920+).
The JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections provides permanent online access to the complete backfile of many core research journals in history. Periodicals Archive Online is another useful resource for older journal volumes.
Unpublished dissertations, manuscripts, popular works without academic interest .
However, the University Archives does acquire and shelve Graduate and Honours theses written at MSVU. Few books are ordered from the History allocation for the following Auxiliary Sciences of History, as described by the Library of Congress: Diplomatics, Seals (CD), Calendars, Technical Chronology (CE), Numismatics (CJ),Inscriptions, Epigraphy (CN), Heraldry (CR), Genealogy (CS).
Archaeology (CC) is part of the Sociology / Anthropology profile.
Other Local Collections:
Dalhousie Killam. Patrick Power Library – Saint Mary’s. University of King’s College Library. Atlantic School of Theology. Nova Scotia Provincial Archives.
revised: May 18, 2010