Nearby History: A Review of the Literature

This week for Museums and Libraries as Cultural Heritage Institutions I had to read Nearby History: Preserving the Past Around you by David Kyvig and Myron A. Marty.  Published by the American Association for State and Local History, this little book is a great resource for libarians, historians, geneologists, archivists, researchers, and anyone else interested in history.

Clocking in at 256 pages and 12 chapters, this book has a wealth of knowledge in it.  It details how important local history is to a community and the importance of preserving it for future generations.  It not only goes over all the kinds of documents and other types of resources one can find historical information in, but how to record oral and writtien histories yourself.  The book is an invaluable resource for those in the field, or amatuer historians and geneologists looking to dig into the pasts of their family or area.  

The book is full of black and white photographs from the past, as well as documents like Al Capone’s draft registraton card.  Plus, vingettes on different places like Tampa’s Historic section of Ybor City are included as well.

I don’t think I can say enough good things about this book if you work in any field involving research, so what are you waiting for?  Go out and buy it!


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