Research: A Bibliography on Historical Organization Practices. Edited by Frederick L. Rath, Jr., and Merrilyn Rogers O’Connell. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1984. Index. 209 Pages. $15.95.
The American Association for State and Local History has published the sixth volume in its series of bibliographies on historical organization practices. This volume focuses on research (earlier ones were on preservation, conservation, interpretation, documentation and administration). The bibliography covers material up to December, 1981, and focuses on research on history, archaeology, architecture, technology and crafts, engineering, transportation, energy, materials and processes, agriculture and food, communications, and industrial archaeology. The major sections each include a suggested basic reference shelf, guides to bibliographical aids, and some also include research methods, organizations, periodicals and special topics. The entries include brief descriptive (but not evaluative) annotations on each item. It is a well done bibliography and should be in the reference collection of every historical organization and every serious individual researcher.