Conventions and Abbreviations
1. Each entry begins with the name(s) and dates of the historian in question.
2. The brief statement of research interests (place, time and/or theme) is not meant to be comprehensive; indeed the following lines direct the user to further information. In particular it should be noted that non-scholarly aspects of a historian’s career are not mentioned, so that the entry for Winston Churchill is little longer than that for William Albery, a local historian of Horsham.
3. When the historian is recorded in one of four reference books, this information is provided. The reference books are:
DNB – Dictionary of National Biography. At present this is “old DNB” published by Oxford University Press. After the “new DNB,” to be known as Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is published,the entries will be updated.
BW – The Blackwell Dictionary of Historians (New York: Blackwell Reference, 1988)
Global – A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing (2 vol), ed D. R. Woolf (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998)
EHHW – Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing (2 vol), ed. Kelly Boyd (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999).
4. NRA: When manuscript records of the historian in question have been captured by the National Register of Archives, that information is noted. Make a connection to http://www.hmc.gov.uk/ – this is the link to the Historical Manuscripts Commission, which includes the National Register of Archives – and make a “simple search” on the historian’s name. This generate whatever information is available. Searchers are reminded that the Historical Manuscripts Commission is not itself a repository and that the NRA does not hold any manuscripts or historical records.
5. Biography(ies): This aspect of the website is still under construction. When a book-length biography has been published, or when the historian in question wrote an autobiography, the bibliographical information is provided.