Sunday, February 3, 2013

The American College & University: A History

The American College and University: A History by Frederick Rudolph was first published in 1962. John R. Thelin's 1990 edition re-introduced the work to a new generation and added an important introductory essay, "Rudolph Rediscovered."  There is also an extensive "Supplemental Bibliography" that updates and expands Rudolph's initial bibliography.

I find Thelin's categories are particularly helpful when trying to bring some order to a group of titles:
  • Institutional Chronicles: Vertical Histories
  • Institutional Histories with a Difference:  Horizontal Histories
  • Social History and Institutions
  • Biography of Institutions
  • Higher Education and Public Policy
  • Periodicals and Journals