Library Catalogs

The Society's collection of over 4,000 library catalogs and reports affords access to a rich body of material for literary scholars, historians, librarians, and bibliographers. Library catalogs are a vital resource for the study of reading patterns and the evolution of reading tastes and collecting interests in American intellectual and cultural history.

Access

Library catalogs are cataloged through 1840 in the General Catalog under the genre term "library catalogs."

Those issued after 1840 are mostly uncataloged, and are shelved alphabetically by state, with state institutions preceding those of individual city or town. There is a checklist of uncatalogued public library catalogs that consist of photocopies of the title-pages, arranged by state or foreign country. [catalog record]

An inventory of American public library catalogs is available as an Excel spreasheet.

An inventory of private library catalogs is available as an Excel spreasheet.

An inventory of foreign booksellers' catalogs, listing the firm names, is available as a pdf.

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