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History Department Profile
Program:
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.

 

Collection Analysis:
Subject Areas
LC Class Ranges
Current Collecting Intensity by Collection Level Codes


Witchcraft
BF 1562.5-1584
3a


History of Civilization
CB 3-481
3b


General Biography

CT 21-9999
including:
Biography of Women (Collective)
CT 3200-3830
3a


History (General)

3a
including:


General History. Document Collections. Collected Works. Chronological Tables.

D 1-12


Historiography. Historians. Philosophy of History.

D 13 - 16.9


World Histories. Histories Not Restricted by Country / Period.

D 17 - 32


Ancient History

D 51 -95


General Medieval and Modern History

D 101 - 110.5


Medieval History

D 111 - 203


Modern History

D 204 - 893

including:

World War I

D 503 - 680

World War II

D 741 - 829


General History of Europe

D 900 - 1075


Great Britain. Ireland.
DA 1-995
3a


Central Europe. Austria
DAW 1001- 1051 . DB 1-879
2


Lichtenstein. Hungary. Czech Republic. Slovakia.
DB 881-3150
2


France
DC 1-947
3a


Germany
DD 1-901
2

Mediterranean ( Greco-Roman World)
DE 1-100
3a


Ancient Greece
DF 10-289
3a


Medieval / Modern Greece
DF 501-951
1


Ancient Italy. Rome.
DG 11-69
3a


Medieval / Modern Italy
DG 401-999
2


Belgium. Luxembourg.
DH 1-925
1


Netherlands
DJ 1-500
1

 

Eastern Europe

DJK  1- 77

1


Russia. Poland.
DK 1-4800
2


Scandinavia. Iceland.
DL 1-1180
1


Spain. Portugal.
DP 1-776
3a


Switzerland
DQ 1-851
1


Balkans
DR 1-2285
1


Asia
DS 1-937
2


Africa
DT 1-3415
3a


Oceania
DU 1-950
1

America - General History
E 11-49.2
2

 


Pre-Columbian America. Indians of North America.
E 51-99
3a

 

Exploration of America
E 101-143
2

 

United States - History

E 151 - 904
including:

Afro-Americans

E 184-6 - E 185.98

The War of 1812
E 351-364.9
3a

 

U.S. Local History
F 1-975
2

 

Canada
F 1001-1145.2

including:

The Maritime Provinces

F 1035.8 - 1049.7
3a

 

Spanish , Latin America.
F 1201-3799
2

 

Voyages and Explorations
including:
History of Discovery. Exploration. Travels.
Voyages and Travels : Polar Regions
G 1 - 151

G 159 - 870
1

 

Manners and Customs
GT 1-7070

including:

History of Clothing and Fashion

GT 500 - 2340
3a

 

Women and Feminism ; Women's History
HQ 1101-2030.7

including:

Women in Canada

HQ 1451 - 1459
3a

 

Serfdom and Slavery
HT 861-1445
3a

 

Socialism. Communism. Utopias. Anarchism.
HX 1-999
3a

 

Colonies and Colonization. Migration.
JV 1-6714
3a

 


Emigration, Immigration, Migration - Canada
JV 7200-7295
3a


War and the History of War
U 21-104
3a

 


Clientele:
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.


Responsibility:
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.

 

Scope:
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.

 

Exclusions:
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