History: Learning History: Textbooks


WAIS has been in contact with the Eckert Institute in Germany, which collects history textbooks from around the world. I asked if it was the only one. Kyle Ward replies: No, the Eckert Institute is not the only textbook library in the world, but it is definitely the largest and most accessible.  They also usually have contact or cooperate with most of the other libraries with similar resources.

The one that I had the most trouble with was a textbook repository in Japan.  When I talked to the director, she told me that they had collected history textbooks from throughout Asia but that they were in a warehouse, not organized and not open to the public.  I am not 100% certain as to why they are collecting them then?

I have also made numerous contacts with international publishers,  libraries, schools, educators, etc. over the past few years and would be more then happy to discuss with you (or whomever gets this library started) some of the problems that can and will arise from trying to collect history textbooks.  I have come across numerous pitfalls in the past few years in collecting my ever-growing international textbook library that might save someone a few steps.

RH: Clearly the Japanese library wants to avoid open discussion of the issues. If, as I have reason to hope, the US collection is established at Stanford, I would  like Kyle to play a significant role in it.


Ronald Hilton 2005

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last updated: June 10, 2005