Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You / Edition 2

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In the Second Edition of Nearby History, the authors have updated all chapters, introduced information about internet sources and uses of newer technologies, as well as updated the appendices. A comprehensive handbook on investigating the history of your community, family, local institutions, and cultural artifacts, Nearby History guides you in researching the world close at hand. Nearby History provides insights on how to find and use published, unpublished, visual, and material records while also instructing on how to collect information through interviews, connect individual investigations with broader historical issues, and use photographs, documents, and objects in a study. Both professionally trained and self-taught historians will find this work an excellent resource in developing a more comprehensive view of the past. Individual books on Nearby History topics are also available as a part of The Nearby History Series.

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Editorial Reviews

The Annals Of Iowa
Regardless of career path or historical interest, readers...will find in Nearby History useful material to guide their inquiries and illuminate their research. It should find a place on every scholar's and historical society's reference bookshelf.
— Kimberly K. Porter, (University of North Dakota)
The North Carolina Historical Review
David Kyvig and Myron Marty have issued a second edition of their fine introduction to the study of 'nearby history' that takes account of new developments in computer technology, desktop publishing, and the Internet. [They] use the concept of nearby history to argue forcefully that local historical concerns are always linked to larger historical issues and to the essence of public history. They then offer an eminently readable tour of basic historical research methodology. Their presentation is so sensitive to both practical and historiographical concerns that doctoral students, as well as amateur local history sleuths, will benefit from reading this book.
— David A. Zonderman, (North Carolina State University)
National Genealogical Society Quarterly
Highly professional.... Kyvig and Marty provide an excellent discussion of the reasons for and methods of collecting and analyzing this 'nearby history' .... By reading Nearby History and following its suggestions, researchers will find sources that help to place forebears in their world.
— Debra L. Wiley
Oregon Historical Quarterly
I am hardly a disinterested reviewer of Nearby History; the book's first edition changed my life, and I've written fan mail to its authors.... The new edition... includ[es] a brighter graphical design and cleaner reproduction of well-chosen photographs and documents, a number of them new.... The text has been polished and updated, including a useful new section on copyright... From the book's opening... to the conclusion's deep understanding of history-doing as a basic human need, Nearby History is a gentle, powerful manifesto.... The most comprehensive manual for doing history from scratch, Nearby History also identifies the potential of the nearby past to offer striking insight into the most significant historical topics.
— Lorraine C. McConaghy, (Museum of History and Industry, Seattle)
Choice
Nearby History shows that any literate person can master historical research techniques. Each chapter describes methods for collecting and using evidence from a person's nearby world—written documents, oral testimony, visual objects, buildings, photographs, physical landscapes—for historical studies of families, neighborhoods, institutions, and communities as a whole. After presenting the case for doing nearby history, the authors offer suggestions for possible subjects for such study. In the last chapter, they show how each unique community, local institution, physical structure, and family is linked to a universal sharing of origin, motivation, design, and behavior. Of particular value are the several appendixes: forms to request information from federal agencies, such as veterans records, passenger ship arrival data, census records, and land entry files; sample gift agreements, including historical materials and oral history agreements; sources of archival storage products and information; and uses of the Web for doing nearby history. In summary, this book is a 'must have' for any person seeking to master the methodology for capturing local history.
— R. E. Marcello, (University of North Texas)
Utah Historical Quarterly
Packed with guidance, information, and sources of help, this handbook is a useful resource for local historians.
Journal of The Illinois State Historical Society
Nearby History, Second Edition retains the goals established in the first edition—to make local history research thorough and meaningful. And it follows the format of the series—if it ain't broke, don't fix it....The authors decided on a minimalist approach. Kyvig and Marty recognized the need to incorporate the feedback from readers that praised Nearby History for being useful and stimulating....Kyvig and Marty recognized the need to incorporate the findings from nearly two decades of work by local historians into their bibliographic sources. This includes important new material related to oral history, motion pictures, and material culture as evidence, and new electronic resources published as CDs and on the internet.
The Annals Of Iowa - Kimberly K. Porter
Regardless of career path or historical interest, readers...will find in Nearby History useful material to guide their inquiries and illuminate their research. It should find a place on every scholar's and historical society's reference bookshelf.
North Carolina Historical Review - David A. Zonderman
David Kyvig and Myron Marty have issued a second edition of their fine introduction to the study of 'nearby history' that takes account of new developments in computer technology, desktop publishing, and the Internet. [They] use the concept of nearby history to argue forcefully that local historical concerns are always linked to larger historical issues and to the essence of public history. They then offer an eminently readable tour of basic historical research methodology. Their presentation is so sensitive to both practical and historiographical concerns that doctoral students, as well as amateur local history sleuths, will benefit from reading this book.
National Genealogical Society Quarterly - Debra L. Wiley
Highly professional.... Kyvig and Marty provide an excellent discussion of the reasons for and methods of collecting and analyzing this 'nearby history' .... By reading Nearby History and following its suggestions, researchers will find sources that help to place forebears in their world.
Oregon Historical Quarterly - Lorraine C. McConaghy
I am hardly a disinterested reviewer of Nearby History; the book's first edition changed my life, and I've written fan mail to its authors.... The new edition... includ[es] a brighter graphical design and cleaner reproduction of well-chosen photographs and documents, a number of them new.... The text has been polished and updated, including a useful new section on copyright... From the book's opening... to the conclusion's deep understanding of history-doing as a basic human need, Nearby History is a gentle, powerful manifesto.... The most comprehensive manual for doing history from scratch, Nearby History also identifies the potential of the nearby past to offer striking insight into the most significant historical topics.
CHOICE - R.E. Marcello
Nearby History shows that any literate person can master historical research techniques. Each chapter describes methods for collecting and using evidence from a person's nearby world—written documents, oral testimony, visual objects, buildings, photographs, physical landscapes—for historical studies of families, neighborhoods, institutions, and communities as a whole. After presenting the case for doing nearby history, the authors offer suggestions for possible subjects for such study. In the last chapter, they show how each unique community, local institution, physical structure, and family is linked to a universal sharing of origin, motivation, design, and behavior. Of particular value are the several appendixes: forms to request information from federal agencies, such as veterans records, passenger ship arrival data, census records, and land entry files; sample gift agreements, including historical materials and oral history agreements; sources of archival storage products and information; and uses of the Web for doing nearby history. In summary, this book is a 'must have' for any person seeking to master the methodology for capturing local history.
Kansas History
Nearby History held up well and remains a practical and useful book; revision, which reflects some significant developments in scholarship and sources (i.e. technology), should make it an even more valuable resource for a new generation of twenty-first-century historians.
CHOICE - R. E. Marcello
Nearby History shows that any literate person can master historical research techniques. Each chapter describes methods for collecting and using evidence from a person's nearby world—written documents, oral testimony, visual objects, buildings, photographs, physical landscapes—for historical studies of families, neighborhoods, institutions, and communities as a whole. After presenting the case for doing nearby history, the authors offer suggestions for possible subjects for such study. In the last chapter, they show how each unique community, local institution, physical structure, and family is linked to a universal sharing of origin, motivation, design, and behavior. Of particular value are the several appendixes: forms to request information from federal agencies, such as veterans records, passenger ship arrival data, census records, and land entry files; sample gift agreements, including historical materials and oral history agreements; sources of archival storage products and information; and uses of the Web for doing nearby history. In summary, this book is a 'must have' for any person seeking to master the methodology for capturing local history.
Journal Of The Illinois State Historical Society
Nearby History, Second Edition retains the goals established in the first edition—to make local history research thorough and meaningful. And it follows the format of the series—if it ain't broke, don't fix it....The authors decided on a minimalist approach. Kyvig and Marty recognized the need to incorporate the feedback from readers that praised Nearby History for being useful and stimulating....Kyvig and Marty recognized the need to incorporate the findings from nearly two decades of work by local historians into their bibliographic sources. This includes important new material related to oral history, motion pictures, and material culture as evidence, and new electronic resources published as CDs and on the internet.
Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains
Nearby History held up well and remains a practical and useful book; revision, which reflects some significant developments in scholarship and sources (i.e. technology), should make it an even more valuable resource for a new generation of twenty-first-century historians.
Southeastern Naturalist
This book is an excellent resource for students and others who want to find out more about the history of family, community, and material culture.
— 2008
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Meet the Author

David E. Kyvig, professor of history at Northern Illinois University, and Myron A. Marty, professor of history at Drake University, are, respectively, the editor and consulting editor of the ongoing AASLH Nearby History Series. They previously collaborated on Your Family History: A Handbook for Research and Writing.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface to the Second Edition Chapter 2 1. Why Nearby History? Chapter 3 2. What can be Done Nearby? Chapter 4 3. Traces and Storytelling Chapter 5 4. Published Documents Chapter 6 5. Unpublished Documents Chapter 7 6. Oral Documents Chapter 8 7. Visual Documents Chapter 9 8. Artifacts Chapter 10 9. Landscapes and Buildings Chapter 11 10. Preserving Material Traces Chapter 12 11. Research, Writing, and Leaving a Record Chapter 13 12. Linking the Particular and the Universal Chapter 14 Appendix A: Forms to Request Information from Federal Agencies Chapter 15 Appendix B: Sample Gift Agreements Chapter 16 Appendix C: Sources of Archival Storage Products Chapter 17 Appendix D: Using the World Wide Web (WWW) in Nearby History

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