Raymond Starr, Book Review Editor
Bibliography of Mexican American History. Compiled by Matt S. Meier. Westport: Greenwood Press. 1984. Indexes. 500 Pages. $39.95.
Matt Meier’s Bibliography of Mexican American History is the first comprehensive bibliography on the subject, and as such, makes a major contribution to the research and writing of American history. The bibliography includes both primary and secondary sources and covers books, parts of books, journal articles, and dissertations-but does not include newspaper material. Meier tries to include all historical works on the period 1848 to the present, with major items on the earlier period. The bibliography is organized by chronological periods, and by topics. It also includes lists (not really very complete) of pertinent bibliographies and guides, archival and library collections, and journals. There is both an author index and a subject index; they are pretty good, although not complete. Some of the entries are an-notated briefly, usually to describe but not to evaluate the item.
This is a quality piece of work. No one should begin work on a historical topic pertaining to Mexican Americans without starting with this guide.