Impressive for both its range and organization of information, this multivolume gazetteer concisely describes an estimated 1.5 million place names in the United States, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and territories (American Samoa, Guam, Virgin Islands, etc.). The set is arranged state by state in nine re gional volumes: New England (Volume 1), Northeastern States (Volume 2), Southeast (Volume 3), South Central States (Volume 4), Southwestern States (Volume 5), Great Lakes States (Volume 6), Plains States (Volume 7), Mountain States (Volume 8), and Pacific (Volume 9). Volume 10 comprises a comprehensive index to the regional volumes and Volume 11, entitled U.S. Data Sourcebook , consists of seven appendixes that include an index to U.S. Geological Survey maps (7.5-minute series) and lists of U.S. airports, Indian reservations, elevated structures, and items on the National Register of Historic Places. Types of place names covered in the regional volumes include counties, cities, towns, islands, rivers, swamps, and creeks as well as such features as reservoirs, parks, churches, hospitals, shopping malls, prisons, cemeteries, and historic buildings. Limited to a single line, entries normally give the name (or variant) of the place or feature, zip code, and 1988 population estimates (when a locality), type of feature (if not a locality), county where located, name of USGS 7.5-minute topographic map where the place name can be found, map coordinates (latitude and longitude are given in degrees, minutes, and seconds), elevation (where appropriate), and sources of this information. All names and data derive from authoritative existing sources, about a dozen in all but principally the Geographic Names Information System, a large toponymic database maintained by the USGS. A thorough examination of Florida place names (in Vol ume 3) uncovered only one error: the Howard Frankland Bridge is misspelled as Franklin. Valuable information also appears in the front matter (duplicated in each regional volume), including a substantial introduction by Kelsie Harder, an essay called "Weird and Wonderful U.S. Place Names" by Leonard Ashley, and practical advice on "Acquiring and Using Maps and Other Cartographic Re sources" by Patrick McGlamery. Much, but not all, of the information in the Omni Gazetteer can be tracked down in U.S. government depository libraries, but nowhere is it brought together as conveniently and intelligently as in this set, which represents the largest compilation of U.S. place names ever published. As such, it is essential for large reference collections; fortunately, smaller libraries can acquire individual volumes as needed. A landmark reference work. (CD-ROM and floppy disk editions are in progress.)--Kenneth F. Kister, author of the "Encyclopedia Buying Guide," Tampa, Fla.
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