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A Guide to World History

Collection Development Policy

Washington University in St. Louis

Collection Development Policy

Library: Olin

Subject: European History

Collection: General

Date Revised: April 14, 2014

Subject Librarian: Michael Schaefer


1. General purpose:

To support the research and teaching of the faculty and students in the History department and related areas.The highest degree awarded in the History department is the Ph.D.


2. Subjects excluded:

No relevant subjects are excluded.


3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:


  • Literature
  • Religion
  • History of Philosophy
  • History of Science


4. Languages included and excluded:

No language is excluded if needed for research.


  • English
  • German
  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Other languages as needed


5. Geographical limitations:

Focus is on Europe, but other countries may be included if interacting with European countries.


6. Chronological limits:

Primarily 1000-2000, but 500-1000 will be collected if needed.


7. Retrospective Acquisition:

There is no systemic plan to acquire retrospective materials.Retrospective materials needed by faculty or students will be ordered as needed.


8. Types of material collected and excluded:

Focus is on scholarly, academic treatments of historical subjects.Selective, high-quality popular treatments may also be acquired.Primary source material as identified by the faculty, such as documentary source collections, are collected as needed.Textbooks are excluded unless requested by faculty.


9. Other factors to consider:

Research interests change as faculty members leave and new faculty are hired.For example, recent hires have increased needs for early modern Italian history and the modern Atlantic world history.


10. Subjects and Collecting Levels:

Research level for D-DR, excluding classical Greece and Rome