Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You / Edition 3

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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this fully updated third edition, the authors discuss a variety of research approaches involving published literature, unpublished documents, oral histories, visual and material sources, and landscapes; offer guidance in the uses of technology, particularly digital photography and digital voice recording; and suggest methods of historical presentation. Richly illustrated with photos and documents, Nearby History is an excellent resource for both professionally trained and self-taught historians.

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Editorial Reviews

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly
Genealogists can be greatly helped by the recently released third edition of Nearby History, one of a series of technical books published by the American Association for State and Local History.....Originally published in 1982, this third edition notes that changes in technology over the last 30 years means there are new ways to gather and preserve information, making this new edition necessary. With those updates in place, Nearby History can be a valuable tool to the 21st century genealogist.
Teaching History
Nearby History has inspired individuals in college classrooms, local historical societies, libraries, and museums across the United States to promote historical understanding and methods through the use of local history. No doubt the book will continue to do so. Those teaching courses on local history, public history, or research methods would gain the most from Nearby History and should give it serious consideration.
James B. Gardner
Kyvig and Marty have updated their classic work to embrace new technologies and perspectives, while still staying faithful to the principles of historical inquiry and analysis that have made it invaluable for anyone interested in exploring the past of the world nearby. After nearly thirty years, Nearby History still does what it has always done best—open up the exploration of history to all.
Arnita A. Jones
It is a great pleasure to see Nearby History in a new edition that brings this public history classic up-to-date with instruction and information on using the internet and other new technologies for research. For more than one generation, Kyvig and Marty's book has served as an invaluable reference work - for amateurs and professionals alike. Now a new generation of students will benefit from their experience and sensible advice.
Thomas F. Schwartz
David E. Kyvig and Myron A. Marty have produced a classic book that only gets better with age and updates. As technological advances allow ordinary individuals to capture images and audio in high-quality digital formats and become their own documentarian, Nearby History offers a how-to guide for anyone interested in high and low technology to document and discover the historical meaning of things under our very noses.
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Meet the Author

David E. Kyvig is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Myron A. Marty is Ann G. and Sigurd E. Anderson University Professor Emeritus and Dean of Arts and Sciences Emeritus at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition vii

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Why Nearby History? 1

2 What Can Be Done Nearby? 17

3 Traces and Storytelling 45

4 Published Documents 61

5 Unpublished Documents 91

6 Oral Documents 113

7 Visual Documents 133

8 Artifacts 159

9 Landscapes and Buildings 177

10 Preserving Material Traces 193

11 Research, Writing, and Leaving a Record 211

12 Linking the Particular and the Universal 227


A Forms to Request Information from Federal Agencies 259

B Sample Gift Agreements 263

C Sources of Archival Storage Products and Information 267

D Using the World Wide Web (WWW) in Nearby History 269

Index 273

About the Authors 283

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