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Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010

IU Press Online adds comprehensive encyclopedias to collection

Jan. 12, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Press announced that it is adding four comprehensive encyclopedias to IU Press online, enhancing an online library that includes collections in African studies, African American and African diaspora studies, Jewish and Holocaust studies, music, philosophy, religion, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies.

The additions include Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America, Latinas in the United States, The American Midwest, and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, Volume I.

Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America is the result of an ambitious five-year project led by Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether and funded by the Lilly Endowment and the Henry Luce Foundation. Marshaling the talents of more than 150 scholars, it presents a complete and up-to-date description and analysis of women and religion in North America. It features more than 145 substantial essays focusing on institutions, movements, and ideas, while biographical sketches recognize the women responsible for the gains made over the centuries.

Latinas in the United States, edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez-Korrol, is an exhaustive gathering of scholarship. With more than 580 entries, the encyclopedia covers mestizo settlement, pioneer life and diasporic communities and details the contributions of women as settlers, landowners, organizers and nuns. Scholars explore the experiences of Latinas during and after EuroAmerican colonization and conquest; the early-19th-century migration of Puerto Ricans and Cubans; and 20th-century issues of migration, cultural tradition, labor, gender roles, community organization, and politics.

The American Midwest, edited by Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher, and Andrew Cayton, seeks to embrace this large and diverse area, giving it a voice and helping to define its distinctive character. Organized by topic, it encourages readers to reflect upon the Midwest as a whole. Each section moves from the general to the specific, covering broad themes in longer introductory essays followed by shorter entries filling in the details. There are portraits of the region's 12 states, followed by entries on society and culture, community and social life, economy and technology, and public life.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, Volume I: Early Camps, Youth Camps, and Concentration Camps under the SS-Business Administration Main Office (WVHA) is the first volume of a projected seven-volume encyclopedia by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. With Geoffrey P. Megargee as general editor, the encyclopedia will describe the universe of camps and ghettos -- some 20,000 in all -- that the Nazis and their allies operated. Volume I covers three groups of camps: the early camps established in the first year of Hitler's rule, the major SS concentration camps with their constellations of subcamps, and the special camps for Polish and German children and adolescents.

IU Press Online features some of IU Press's best books and themed journal issues, organized into subject area collections for easy browsing and searching. Books and journal issues are available for purchase as full-text single titles or by subscription to one or more subject areas. For more information, visit or contact Kathryn Caras at