National Union Catalog Pre-1956 Imprints, repurposed for Christmas!

[ad name=”Google Adsense 468×60″] Once upon a time, there was no National Union Catalog, that is, a catalog showing the holdings of several libraries. If people using one library wanted to know what another library held, they had to find a catalog for that library, which usually meant going there or contacting a librarian by mail or telephone. Some libraries (the New York Public Library comes to mind) actually did issue books of photographic reproductions of their card catalogs from time to time, which other libraries held in their reference collections. Most libraries did not. In 1901, the Library of … Continue reading