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A Worldwide Bibliography of the Grand Canyon and Lower Colorado River Regions in the United States and Mexico

THE GRAND CANON is a unique bibliography containing 90,000 categorized and augmented citations of publications from around the world in 95 languages, with extensive background and supporting information.  It is a bibliographical canon for the Grand Canyon and Colorado River regions in Arizona, Nevada, California, Baja California, and Sonora, including the Colorado River delta and adjacent upper Gulf of California. Publications cited here were produced between ca. 1535 and 2018 (with a few from 2019 that were available in late 2018 and January 2019).

On this website the entire volume of more than 11,700 pages is divided into its 32 subject-specific parts, plus front matter and a special nomenclatural appendix. Each part, as well as other texts in this volume, can be downloaded as a PDF file. Many users will prefer this divided presentation because of the widely different subjects covered by the bibliography. All files are extracts from the full volume, retaining original pagination and layout.

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This 3rd Edition of THE GRAND CANON commemorates the 2019 Centennial of Grand Canyon National Park and the Sesquicentennial of John Wesley Powell's first Colorado River expedition.  A 4th Edition is in preparation, but no date of completion is as yet projected.  However, users may see many of its new additions and emendations by consulting the "Supplement and Statistics" tab at the top of the screen.

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This volume, as well as its individual parts on the Raven's Perch website here, is presented in a book format, which PDF users with large screens may wish to display as opposing pages with odd-numbered pages on the right. However, using the two-page view is not necessary to use this digital publication, though the two-page mode is especially helpful for some pages that are designed to be best viewed as opposing pages. Printouts of pages will be in their book-like appearance as seen on screen.  (Implementing the two-page appearance depends upon the version of Adobe Acrobat you use.  Use the appropriate viewing mode that displays the first page by itself; then all subsequent pages will be in proper book-like appearance.  The method will depend upon the version and specific Adobe product you use; for example, under "View" and "Page Display" use "Two Page View" and ensure that "Show Cover Page in Two Page View" is checked.)

Additional material includes essays relating to the craft of bibliography and the usefulness of monographic bibliographies even in the digital age.

Taking advantage of the digital format, navigation within THE GRAND CANON is aided by embedded hyperlinks, though they are not essential for general use or browsing or if using pages printed from this volume. Within each separately posted part on this website, the hyperlinks within that part, and to external sites on the web, are functional, but hyperlinks to other parts of THE GRAND CANON do not operate.  Hyperlinks within the single contiguous volume, accessible through the link above, are fully functional throughout.

NOTE REGARDING A COMPLEMENTARY ONLINE RESOURCE:  Since January 2000 the author has also been responsible for a separate online searchable database, "A Bibliography of the Grand Canyon and Lower Colorado River", sponsored by the Grand Canyon Conservancy at http://www.grandcanyonbiblio.org.  That database is an outgrowth of the earlier print editions of the bibliography, also by this author, produced by the Conservancy in 1981, 1990 and 1993 under its earlier names, the Grand Canyon Natural History Association and the Grand Canyon Association. [The Conservancy (http://www.grandcanyon.org), founded in 1932, is the official not-for-profit partner of Grand Canyon National Park.]

The searchable database is valid to mid-2015 but does not contain thousands more citations from the 16th to 21st centuries that were gathered since then; nor does it include thousands of aesthetic embellishments that appear in THE GRAND CANON or the presentation of numerous foreign-language citations that also display non-Roman characters. Many users still find the database a useful utilitarian resource, but THE GRAND CANON is far more comprehensive and now is the definitive version of the bibliography.

The reasons for the existence of the two bibliographies, and their differences, are detailed in a separate section here (see in the "INTRODUCTION AND COVERAGE" tab at the top of the screen).

Users who are interested in also downloading the 1st or 2nd Edition of THE GRAND CANON use these buttons:



Detail from “Camp – Colorado Plateau”.  By Heinrich Balduin Möllhausen.  Lithograph by J. J. Young, after original artwork by Möllhausen.  (Joseph C. Ives, Report Upon the Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1861, [Part I] General Report, Plate VII.)  The complete plate is shown below.

Engraving, “Granite Falls.─Kaibab Division.─Grand Cañon.”  By Thomas Moran.

“Granite Falls.Kaibab Division.Grand Cañon.”

By Thomas Moran.  Engraved by H. H. Nichols.  (Clarence E. Dutton, Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District, U.S. Geological Survey Monograph 2, 1882, Plate XXXI.)


Front Matter (these sections and others can be downloaded through tabs at the top of the page)

Executive Overview

Introduction to Content and Coverage

Surveys and Commentaries




1  Bibliographical Publications

General and Particular-Interest Subjects

2.  General Publications—Historical, geographical, social, cultural, biographical, popular, and commonplace works

3.  The New York Times

4.  Memorials

5.  Publications For People With Disabilities

6.  Publications For and By Youth and Young Adults

7.  Fiction

8.  Verse

9.  Travel and Trail Guides

10.  Colorado River Guides

Specialized Material About the Lower Colorado River Region (below Grand Canyon)SEPARATE-COVERAGE GROUP

11.  Environment, Natural History, and Special Scientific, Technical, or Cultural Issues

12.  Water Supply, Management, and Policy

Human Affairs

13.  Administrative and Management Issues

14.  Sociology, Recreation, Education, Economics, and Related Subjects

15.  Health and Safety

16.  Archaeology and Cultural Resources

17.  Native Americans

Environmental, Biological and Earth Sciences

18.  Physical Environment

19.  Biology and Ecology

20.  Glen Canyon Environmental Studies Program

21.  Geology and Paleontology

22.  Hydrogeology of the Colorado River

23.  Geological Field Guides

24.  Geologic and Topographic Maps

Graphic, Audio and Digital Media

25.  General and Specialized Maps

26.  Audio-Visual Works

27.  Audio Works and Musical Scores

28.  Separate Imagery

29.  Computer and Interactive Media

Additional Guides

30.  Book Reviews and Similar Notices

31.  Newspaper Guide

32.  Marginalia