Creedman's original Historical Dictionary of Costa Rica appeared in 1977. The new edition is nearly 50% larger, the fruit of several summers the author spent working in this most interesting part of Central America. The earlier text has been updated. Its coverage has also been notably extended, especially in respect to ecomonic and cultural history. The bibliography has been brought up to date, and a chronology has been added. The author's death intervened in June 1985, when only the first draft of the new edition had been written. His friend Gary G. Kuhn, professor of history, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, completed the work, to which the series editor, Laurence Hallewell, has also contributed.
Theodore S. Creedman (Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1971) spent seven years researching and living in Costa Rica, resulting in his dissertation, "The Political Evolution of Costa Rica, 1936-1964." He held fellowships from the Organization of American States, the Fulbright organization, and Historic Annapolis, and wrote and published over a dozen articles about Costa Rica and Central America. At the time of his death he was engaged in bilingual teaching with the Ministry of Education in Puerto Rico, but had continued his interest in Costa Rica.