Geography & History (900)
This small collection provides quick access to information concerning
geography, history, and the auxiliary disciplines of travel, biography,
and genealogy. The collection's emphasis is on biography, U.S. history,
and atlases. Overview coverage is provided for history of all continents.
- R 900 Geography, history, and auxiliary disciplines. Sources
on world history are heavily developed and maintained.
- R 910 Geography and travel. The atlas collection is heavily
developed and maintained. Travel sources are minimally developed.
- R 920 Biography, genealogy, insignia. A large collection of
biography sources is maintained. Brief entry sources and those providing
more extensive coverage are kept balanced, and both general biography
and biography by field of endeavor are developed. The reference genealogy
collection is the principal genealogy collection in the Library. (See
also Section IX, Wyoming Collection and Section
VII, Adult Nonfiction 920s.) The genealogy section is maintained
primarily as a how-to collection, avoiding sources containing actual
genealogical records and name books. Flag/insignia sources are minimally
- R 930 History of the ancient world. Sources on archaeology
and the ancient world are minimally developed.
- R 940 General history of Europe. Minimally developed.
- R 950 General history of Asia. Minimally developed.
- R 960 General history of Africa. Minimally developed.
- R 970 General history of North America. The largest of the
900s collection, its major emphasis is on the United States, with some
focus on the West. A general U.S. history coverage is maintained, but
without attention to individual states. Sources on ethnicity need future
development. Sources emphasizing Native American history are maintained.
- R 980 General history of South America. Minimally developed.
- R 990 General history of other parts of the world, extraterrestrial
worlds. Sources on Australia/New Zealand, and the Polar regions
are minimally developed.
Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
- electronic/Internet sources availability.
- new works.
- budget constraints.
- patron requests.
- present and potential relevance to the community.
- shelf space.
- Geographical and subject atlases are weeded as world situations change.
- Historical atlases are replaced when newer titles are available.
- Biographical dictionaries are weeded as sources with more extensive
entries become available.