Not only is this book still available through the library where I work, copies exist in roughly half our consortial partner libraries. I suspect librarians get a little sentimental when weeding the LOC Z section.
One of the results of projects to bring our Libraries and Archives into the digital world is that we have boxes of cards—mostly typewritten or computer generated—available for the taking and ready to be transformed into a second life. Since the Library Staff has developed an Online Catalog and systematically checked information on the physical catalog cards with the data now residing in the electronic catalog, we invite you to contact us if you wish to visit and take some of the cards and report back to show us what you created with them.
Shown above: “bookshelves” made of catalog cards.
The cards also reflect the current technology available at the time of their creation. Handwritten cards were created by the Library Staff until a typewriter became available; the typewriter was invented in 1873, but we do not have a fixed date for when one first began to be used by the Brooklyn Museum Library staff to generate cards for the catalogs. Despite this many of the cards continued to be annotated by hand since signs and symbols such as hieroglyphs could not be replicated on a typewriter.
Looking to own your own card catalog cabinet? My place of work is selling two. Or are atlas cases more your style? The only catch (aside from cost) is that you’ve got to come pick them up from us in Oakland, California.
Today we bid a fond farewell to the last of the KSL card catalogs. They are being decommissioned after decades of noble service to make room for more shelving in our Special Collections vaults. We are keeping some of the cards that still contain valuable information. Bon voyage, old friends!