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card catalogs (wooden drawers, 3x5 cards)

How well I remember - that was the modern, new-fangled system at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. At one time as a grad student I was employed ordering up from the stacks original seventeenth-century broadsheets and tracts for a researcher. The only available catalogues were handwritten in great leatherbound tomes made in the nineteenth century. The pages had been cut out of older catalogues and pasted into the new. The handwriting was eighteenth-century. I spent so much time examining and reading the catalogues that I, er, was slightly remiss in ordering stuff for the researcher. Oh well.

But that was yesterday, and I am (obviously) a three-centuries-old vampire.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 4th, 2009 at 09:24:31 AM EST
pre-windows cut and paste? wow.  you are old.

notes from no w here
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 4th, 2009 at 09:39:28 AM EST
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Love it.  I never knew what was used before 3x5 cards; never thought of them as an innovation.  Now see that's the kind of thing that could drive me crazy.  Now I want to know who thought of putting information on 3x5 cards and organizing them both alphabetically and topically.  
by jjellin on Sun Sep 6th, 2009 at 08:49:06 PM EST
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My guess would be Melvil Dewey or one of his fellow reformers.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Sep 7th, 2009 at 03:28:12 AM EST
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