Public History at Loyola
Public history uses the past to serve a variety of contemporary needs. It entails the application of the skills and methods of history to the study, management, preservation and interpretation of historical records and artifacts. A public historian is a professional who can put his or her knowledge and skills to use in our society in such diverse activities as museum, historical society or archival work; neighborhood or community history projects; historic preservation and cultural resource management programs; and local, state or federal research projects.
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About This Guide
This guide is intended primarily to assist graduate students in Public History courses identify and locate valuable print and online resources available through the Loyola University Libraries as well as freely available web resources. Graduate and undergraduate students in History and in other programs may also find it useful.
The guide is arranged by subject, with each page (see tabs) providing an introduction to core resources. The Public History Overview page includes resources of value across the many professional fields that comprise Public History as well as general reference sources.
Visitors to this page may also find it beneficial to view the History Subject Guide, which provides broader resources for historical research, lists digital collections of primary source materials, and explains how to identify and locate primary sources.
The original author of this guide is Susan Hanf, a 2002 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago's Public History M.A. program. She completed the guide in fall 2008 as part of a fieldwork/practicum while working towards a M.L.I.S. (Master of Library and Information Science) degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Selected Journals & Periodicals
Loyola Libraries retain a print copy of only the most recent issue in the recent periodicals area of Cudahy. A complete index of back issues, plus links to PDFs versions of issues from recent years, is freely available on the NCPH web site.
Citations and/or abstracts are available in Historical Abstracts and America: History & Life.
Recommended Books - History/Public History
Scholary works that address American popular culture and memory and their relation to the theory and practice of Public History.