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Furthermore, local membership or circulation drives may distort the locational pattern. Not the least of problems is the fact that many organizations started and existed as regional groups long before going national, and that consideration, along with political stresses and strains within an association, may badly contort the contemporary pattern. This general pitfall has been partially circumvented by the substantial redundancy inherent in the data set. Most areas of interest are represented by two or more items, so that in the subsequent analysis individual peculiarities have been dampened out to some degree.

3 subject : United States--Geography, United States--Civilization, Human geography--United States, Landscape--United States, Names, Geographical--United States. W. Meinig University of Iowa Press Iowa City Page iv University of Iowa Press, Iowa City 52242 Copyright © 1994 by the University of Iowa Press All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America Design by Richard Hendel No part of this book may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Although we lack reliable historical-statistical analyses of either periodicals or voluntary groups, the general trends are beyond dispute. The mass-appeal periodicals have obviously fallen upon evil days in terms of circulation and revenue, while it is common knowledge that as a group special-interest magazines are flourishing, a situation of much import to the sociologist. 18 It is the technical limitations of the data and their interpretative potential that give me pause. Even assuming that the figures reported by the magazines and associations are complete and accurate, their lists include clients who are undesirable in the context of this study: college and public libraries; corporations; and dealers, unless, of course, such individuals happen also to be collectors or practitioners themselves.

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