Description: This work identifies 74 collections of historical materials related to ethnic health in the United States. The populations covered by the collections are African Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Asian Americans. The book is a revised edition of Ethnic Health Collections in the United States, published by Jamilla Powers in 1993.
Purpose: According to the author, these collections are "an invaluable source of material by and about minority groups, individually or collectively." As noted, more than 50 percent of these collections are uncataloged, and this book increases accessibility to these resources.
Audience: Dr. Gibbs, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of North Texas, wrote this book for researchers of ethnic health.
Features: The collections are organized by state, and then within each state, by ethnic group. Each record includes a description of the health area or activity covered by the collection, origin of the materials, address, permanent status, dates covered, number of volumes, types of materials, and availability to the public. The author mailed more than 450 questionnaires to state libraries and archives, public and private libraries, college and university libraries, selected hospitals, and medical and public health schools. More than two thirds of the questionnaires were returned. The book covers collections in 32 states and the District of Columbia. No collections were reported for 19 other states. (However, no mention is made of Missouri.) A bibliography lists more than 200 monographs and chapters related to ethnic groups. In some places, the font size changes for no apparent reason.
Assessment: The chief advantage of this work is the compilation of more than 70 collections of ethnic health materials in one volume. For libraries serving research in this area, this could be a useful resource. The only change between this work and the 1993 edition is a slightly updated bibliography.