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UVA's Effort to Preserve the Card Catalogs

University of Virginia’s Alderman Library has begun its efforts to preserve the card catalogs. The people behind this process consist of student volunteers and led by two PhD students, Neal Curtis and Samuel Lemley. Student volunteers help pack the cards

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The Library of Congress released a history of card catalogs

The Library of Congress has released a book on the history of the card catalog, appropriately titled The Card Catalog. This Vox article talks about what the author, Constance Grady, learned from reading the book. She describes the earliest known catalog, the destruction

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Cultivating Serendipity: A Visit to the New York Times ‘Morgue’

Jeff Roth is the last man at The New York Times morgue. When he started in 1993, there were 20 archivists. Today, he’s the only one left. The morgue is an archive of tens of millions of historical clippings from

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Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs

This February 17th article in Atlas Obscura chronicles the creation of “library hand,” a writing style specifically designed for catalog cards. As described by Ella Morton, the need for a uniform handwriting style grew out of a meeting of library professionals in

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Library Organization (1951)

“Explains the card cataloguing and the Dewey Decimal systems in use in a library and shows how detailed understanding of library organization assists in better studying and better use of time.” This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

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