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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Provenance and Collecting History
  • Processing History
  • Scope and Contents
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Title: Collection of Booksellers' Catalogs
    Identifier/Call Number: Z999.C69
    Physical Description: 28 Linear feet (28 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1918-2016
    Date (bulk): 1995-2016
    Abstract: Booksellers' catalogs collected by the Clark Library and the Heritage Bookshop, dating from 1918 to the present. Booksellers represented are largely from the United States and from England, though other countries (particularly France and Germany) are also included.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF - please contact Clark Library staff at least 2 weeks in advance if interested in using these materials.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research, but is housed off-site and advance notice is required for paging. Please contact Clark Library staff regarding this collection.

    Provenance and Collecting History

    Part of this collection was donated to the Clark Library in 2007 by the Heritage Bookshop. Originally, these catalogs were a part of Heritage's in-house reference collection.
    The majority of these catalogs were collected over time by the Clark Library, which regularly receives new catalogs from booksellers and auction houses and keeps these for reference purposes. This collection will be added to over time.

    Processing History

    This collection was processed by Rudy Arellano and Alejandro Sanchez-Nunez in 2015-2016. Some portions of this collection were described and processed in 2011 by Kevin Wright.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection comprises antiquarian booksellers' catalogs dating from 1918 to the present. Most of these catalogs were issued by American and British booksellers, though some French and German booksellers are also represented. The large majority of these catalogs were collected over time by the Clark Library, which receives mailings and catalogs from booksellers on a regular basis and retains these for reference purposes. Most booksellers represented focus on British antiquarian books and manuscripts as well as book arts, as these are major collecting areas for the Clark Library, but other subject areas are also represented by the catalogs gathered here.


    This collection is arranged alphabetically by bookseller name. Please note that all bookseller business names are considered to be corporate titles even when they appear to be personal names, so "John A. Smith" is filed alphabetically under J instead of S.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Booksellers' catalogs--20th century