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Title:The identification and bibliographic control of publications by African-American women writers in New Jersey
Author(s):Moses, Sibyl Elizabeth
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Smith, Linda C.
Department / Program:Library and Information Science
Discipline:Library and Information Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Black Studies
Sociology, Theory and Methods
Library Science
Literature, American
Abstract:This dissertation develops and evaluates a process for identifying African American women writers in New Jersey who published books between 1836 and 1990. It analyzes the importance of published and oral sources in the identification process. The published sources included bibliographies, biographies, bio-bibliographies, and bibliographic utilities, while the oral sources were members of the local community primarily, and a few out-of-state people. Members of the community were identified through: (a) interviews with individuals known to the investigator, (b) mail solicitation, and (c) field work involving visits to libraries, historical societies, schools, individuals' homes, conferences, and professional and social gatherings. This study used the "small world" method to analyze the characteristics of this predominantly African American community's social networks that provided links to the writers. The characteristics of the authors are also described. The assessment of bibliographic control was accomplished by studying bibliographic coverage and analyzing both author and source coverage.
Three major findings emerge. One, published sources, however essential and extensive, were far from definitive for identifying the African American women writers in New Jersey. Two, the local community is an invaluable source of information for the identification of local women writers. Three, African American women writers in New Jersey are poorly covered by the existing reference sources. In light of these findings, the local community will always be needed to gain bibliographic control over literatures that are not yet part of the bibliographic universe.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Moses, Sibyl Elizabeth
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9543677
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9543677

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