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One of the most extensive collections of American architectural and building trade catalogs anywhere is housed in New York City at Columbia University's Avery Library. Now researchers can have convenient access to 1,684 Avery titles selected by bibliographer Herbert Mitchell. These catalogs are invaluable documentary sources for the history of the manufacture and use of specific architectural products. They contain high-quality representations of objects rarely illustrated elsewhere, making them extremely useful to those doing artifact research. For students of marketing trends and economics, the trade catalogs are an excellent record of product development, trademark images, marketing strategies, local and national business trends, and the distribution and consumption of goods. They also provide information on the development of many familiar companies, including Otis Elevator, Montgomery Ward, Sherwin-Williams, Westinghouse, General Electric, and Sears Roebuck. Using the collection, restoration architects can identify the original manufacturer and exact appearance of hundreds of architectural objects.

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A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century

Eight-volume English edition reprinted in two volumes; two very scarce volumes of the German edition, which were not translated into English, reprinted in a separately available third volume.

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A Concordance to the Poems of Dylan Thomas

Romantic. Affirmative. Rhetorical. The poetry of Dylan Thomas urged readers to ponder life as they never had before. Researchers now have access to a concordance and word list keyed to the 1978 printing of Dylan Thomas: The Poems, edited by Daniel Jones.

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A People at War

Letters, diaries, memoirs, and other personal papers from the Civil War holdings of the Library of Congress. Edited by John R. Sellers.

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The Challenge of Cataloging Complex Subjects

How the University of Leicester’s David Wilson Library and ProQuest teamed up to solve organizational inconsistencies across subjects.

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Seeking Words, Finding Refuge: Literature for World Refugee Day

Exploring immigrants’ perspectives in three contemporary novels.

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