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Markus Krajewski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015899

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015899.001.0001

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American Arrival

American Arrival

(p.69) 5 American Arrival
Paper Machines

Markus Krajewski

Peter Krapp

The MIT Press

This chapter describes how the library card index reached the New World and developed into a card index system for business use. It reconstructs the independent “invention” of an old European paper slip technique in the New World. In 1817, William Croswell’s project of devising a comprehensive catalog for the Harvard College Library marks the birth of the American card index.

Keywords:   library card index, paper slips, librarians, cataloging, William Crowell, Harvard College Library, American card index

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