Guide to the Research Collections



American Periodicals 1800-1930

General American periodicals are listed alphabetically by decades during which they were current (2,300 cards). The file does not include specialized periodicals such as historical journals and scientific publications. This classification by ten-year periods facilitates the study of trends of opinion about important historical events, social problems, etc.

British Periodicals 1700-1930

General British periodicals are listed alphabetically by decades during which they were current (1,400 cards).

Bookseller File

A file consisting of the names and addresses of booksellers in the New York City area arranged by subject specialty (1,000 cards).

 Bulletin of The New York Public Library Index

The General Research and Humanities Division indexes the Bulletin as it is issued; cards are discarded when a cumulative index is published.

Current Periodicals List

A "wheeldex" file listing some of the most commonly used Roman-alphabet magazines, chiefly those indexed in the Wilson indexes (2,000 cards). The library classmark for each title is noted, as well as the division or subject collection in which current issues are held.

Directory Catalog

This file locates and gives bibliographical information for directories throughout the collections of the Research Libraries: subject, commercial, professional, occupational, and many other kinds of directories are included (12,000 cards). The theatrical, musical, and dance directories housed in the library's Performing Arts Research Center at Lincoln Center are also noted.

Literary Form Headings

This file consists of author entries under literary form headings with national subdivisions (e.g., "Fiction, French"; "Drama, Brazilian"; "Poetry, Scottish-Gaelic") (450,000 cards). A full record of the editions of an author's works does not appear here; the reader must consult author entries in the Public Catalog to determine the complete holdings.

Before 1940 literary form headings were maintained in all languages. Since that time they have been partially discontinued with the exception of drama, which has been maintained in all languages. The state of particular files can be approximately determined by spot checking the dates of publication on cards entered under nationality subdivisions of the form in question.

Material on Careers File

An index to occupational monographs arranged by occupation (500 cards).

Newspaper File

An alphabetical record of newspaper holdings arranged by county, state, and city in the United States; and by country and city abroad (4,000 cards, domestic; 2,000 cards, foreign). For holdings of United States newspapers published before 1800 the reader is referred to the Rare Book Division.

Quotation File

A selection of quotations not readily found in standard books of quotations, the file consists in large part of entries from the question and answer column of the New York Times Book Review (12,000 cards). Quotations or their source are given, with many cross-references.

"Scrap Box" File

This file, arranged by subject, notes information and sources for quick reference in areas not readily covered by standard tools (3,000 cards). The file is in part an aid for locating items in sections of the Public Catalog with unusually complicated subject headings.

Special Collections File

A card file arranged alphabetically by main entry under the name of selected special collections, detailing the materials in those collections (40 card drawers). A listing of special collections for which there are cards, with an indication of the subject matter of each, follows.

Theatre Scrapbook File

An arrangement by title of plays performed in New York City itemizing and locating reviews, mainly from newspapers, of each play (10,000 cards). The author, date of performance, and theatre are noted on each card. This file serves as an effective index to the collection of newspaper clippings of dramatic criticism kept in the Theatre Collection at Lincoln Center.

Vertical File

This file is a ready reference collection, arranged by subject, built up as a result of questions from the public (12 file trays). It provides information not readily available in standard books of reference.

Who's Who File

Arranged by general subject and by occupation, this file lists the source and location within the Research Libraries of current biographical sketches.

Inactive Files

A 2,000-card index to the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships for the World War II period and a 2,000-card index to articles in books and periodicals on the history of food discontinued after August 1937 have been preserved.