Collection Development Policy for History

Objectives: The collection is designed to support the teaching and research needs of the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in History offered by the departments of history of The Claremont Colleges; to help support the research needs of history faculty at The Claremont Colleges. Programs offered:

B.A. The undergraduate B.A. in History is offered at Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps Colleges (A bachelor of arts degree with a history major is available at Pomona and Pitzer Colleges while Claremont McKenna and Scripps Colleges offer a joint program in history.) In addition, students in several interdisciplinary programs (such as those in Black Studies, Women's Studies, or Society and Technology) often accrue credits towards their degree from history courses.

M.A. The graduate MA in History is offered at Claremont Graduate University. The M.A. degree in History which requires the completion of a thesis, may be a terminal degree or an interim degree received before advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. program. The department also offers an M.A. in History/Teaching Credential (in cooperation with the Teacher Education Department and intended for prospective history teachers who which to teach at the elementary and secondary level); and a Dual-Degree Program in Management and the Humanities (in cooperation with the Peter F. Drucker School of Management). Candidates for the Master of Arts Degree must complete a minimum of 36 units (with a minimum of 24 units in history). Students select a major filed of emphasis in which they take a minimum of 16 Units. The fields of study are: the United States, including the colonial period; Great Britain; medieval Europe; modern Europe; or intellectual History. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in historical materials in one foreign language and a write thesis based on original research in source materials. For students specializing in European Studies, the language proficiency must be in either French or German. An MA degree may also be awarded to students who have been advanced to candidacy for the doctorate with submission of copies of two substantive research papers written for CGU history courses as a substitute for the Masters thesis.

Ph.D. The Ph.D. degree is offered with concentrations in American or European History. Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Claremont Graduate School must complete 72 units (with a minimum of 48 units in History and 8 units meeting the CGU Humanities requirements); demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages, or one foreign language and a research tool (i.e., oral history or statistics); pass written and oral qualifying examinations in one major field and two minor fields after the conclusion of formal coursework. The major fields are Great Britain; the United States, including the Colonial Period; modern European History; and Intellectual History. Minor fields are selected from a period or thematic aspect of the major field; one or more fields of history outside the major field; a related discipline in the social sciences or humanities; or a topic in comparative history.

The CGU History department also offers multidisciplinary programs in American Studies and in European Studies at both the masters and doctoral levels. Many graduate students in history also take courses offered by the Department of Cultural Studies, which is affiliated with the Department of History.

Subjects and collecting levels: Reference materials, monographs, and periodicals should be acquired at the teaching level for all time periods and geographic areas to support the undergraduate curriculum and provide background and context for courses offered in other disciplines. In those fields that the doctorate is offered, collection should be at the comprehensive level, while collection for masters degree subject areas should be at the beginning research level.

The library should also purchase interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and theoretical materials to complement thematic and specialized courses offered by the graduate and undergraduate faculty, including works dealing with constitutional history, ethnicity and gender studies, cultural history, class formation, international relations, and public policy. Moreover, because of the interdisciplinary character of current historical research methods, the history funds should be used in conjunction with other funds to purchase important publications in other subjects that are relevant to history.

Every effort will be made to collect materials that enhance the library's special collections, especially in Asian Studies, Italian Renaissance, English and American History, Western Americana, and California history. The science libraries at Pomona College and Harvey Mudd College are generally responsible for collecting items dealing solely with the history of science and technology, except in those instances in which the material explicitly covers the historical impact of science and technology on human culture and society.

The women's history collection at Honnold/Mudd will be considered complementary to that of Denison Library, whose holdings support the MacPherson collection in American women's history. The Denison Library will also be responsible for pertinent journals and reference works in women's history. The women's history collection at Honnold/Mudd Library will emphasize the experience of women outside the United States and women of color generally, and will have a social science orientation. The history Subject Specialist will work closely with the women studies Subject Specialist to develop the Library’s collections in women's history.

Military history should not generally be collected, except at the request of faculty and in those instances when the material covers the historical impact of war and military organizations on human culture and society. Non-California local history should generally not be collected. However, exceptions should be made for local history that has larger theoretical or historiographical implications (for example, history of large cities or rural history, both of which are subjects taught at The Claremont Colleges). Intellectual History and the History of Ideas should be collected in cooperation with the Philosophy Subject Specialist; the History of Religions should be collected in cooperation should be collected in cooperation with the Religion Subject Specialist and the librarians at The Claremont School of Theology. Classical History should be collected in cooperation with the Classics Subject Specialist. (Secondary materials are usually purchased with history funds; works of historians of the classical world, such as Herodotus, Thucydides or Livy, are usually purchased with classics funds.)

Types of materials collected: Monographs, collections of essays, journals, reference tools and electronic journals are the main forms of materials collected by the Library. The majority of monographs and collections purchased with history funds should be written by historians (much "present or recent history," as well as much that falls under LC history call numbers, is written by political scientists and should be purchased with government funds.) Major electronic indexes in history should be supported since they are, taken together with the online catalog and union catalogs, the primary tools for access. As funds permit, microforms, videos, and other primary research and classroom aids that correlate with the curricular and research interests of faculty will be considered. Since document research is vital to the training of young historians, printed or microform collections of primary documents in English should be considered as they relate to the CC curriculum and as funds permit. The history Subject Specialist should consider that requests for documents in foreign languages or more specialized primary documents be referred as purchase recommendations to the Center for Research Libraries, of which we are a member (CRL holdings should be checked before any purchases of primary documents is made.) As funds permit, full text access to both journals and documentary resources will be purchased.

Languages: While the bulk of the holdings should be in the English language, books and other published materials in other languages will be purchased in accordance with the research and curricular needs of the faulty. The Asian Studies Department is responsible for obtaining history materials in Asian languages.

Geographical emphasis: No geographical area is excluded.

Chronological limits: None.

Last updated: 5/23/2012 2:04:57 PM