Records of the presidency : presidential papers and libraries from Washington to Reagan /
by Frank L. Schick with Renee Schick and Mark Carroll ; foreword by Gerald R. Ford.
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1989.
xv, 309 p. ; 24 cm.
089774277X (alk. paper) :
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Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1989.
089774277X (alk. paper) :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [279]-292.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-07:
Schick has served both in government and in academe (library and information science). This reference work represents the tangible product of his lifelong interest in the presidency. The book is divided into four sections: (1) agencies responsible for the maintenance of presidential papers, relevant federal legislation, guides to presidential records, and presidential book collections at historic sites; (2) presidential papers at the Library of Congress; (3) presidential papers in historical societies and special libraries, and (4) presidential libraries administered by the National Archives. The decision to organize the information by type of repository is unfortunate because most readers will be interested in information about a given president. For them, including all relevant information about a president in a single chapter or entry would have facilitated research. Although no other book covers exactly the same terrain, Schick's section on presidential libraries invites comparison with Fritz Veit's Presidential Libraries and Collection (CH, Jul '87) and Dennis Burton's A Guide to Manuscripts in the Presidential Libraries (1985), both of which are more comprehensive. The serious scholar will still need to rely on standard reference works, such as The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (1962- ) and the US National Historical Publications and Record Commission's Directory of Archives and Manuscripts in the United States (2nd ed., 1988) for information about primary sources on the presidents. -N. C. Burckel, Washington University
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