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Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You
A comprehensive handbook for those interested in investigating the history of communities, families, local institutions, and cultural artifacts, Nearby History helps its readers research the world near at hand. In this fully updated third edition, the authors discuss a variety of research approaches involving published literature, unpublished documents, oral histories, vis ...more
Paperback, 3rd Edition, 290 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published January 1st 2010)
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I’ve been fascinated by history all my life and that’s the direction my undergraduate degree went in. Unless you teach, however, it’s not easy to earn a living in history, and I knew early on I would make a terrible professor, so while one graduate degree was also in history, the other was in library science, and I picked up a professional qualification as an archivist, as well. I spent my career in a very large urban library system and, adding to the mix a lifelong interest in genealogy and fam ...more
For some reason, even though I'm interested in this topic, I struggled through this book. I believe I enjoyed Carol Kammen's On Doing Local History more. As a librarian and genealogist, I was especially disappointed with the fact that this edition came out in 2010 yet did not mention that the U.S. Censuses, several state censuses, and passenger lists are available on the Web. The authors merely cited larger libraries and/or microfilm at the Family History Library (Salt Lake) as possible location ...more
Nearby History by Kyvig and Marty is a handbook designed for those interested in the practice of documenting local history, and is often used in public history or American studies classes. In its third edition since being published in 1982, it has been freshened and brought up-to-date. Organized around the primary types of documents utilized in researching local history, the book’s primary strength remains the scores of resources offered for consideration. Chapter 2 (What can be done nearby?) su ...more
Kyvig and Marty do a good job of explaining how public history affects researchers and historians, aspects of a public historian's career, and methods to view sources for their secondary value so that different research avenues can be explored. Our class did not reference the text much at all, but I enjoyed it as a resource to think about public history in aspects I had not previously employed.