List of card catalogs

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The Folger Shakespeare Library has several different series of card catalogs. None are currently being added to or maintained, but some contain records for material not (yet) described elsewhere (see "What can only be found through Folger card catalogs").

All card catalogs listed below are located in the card catalog rooms off the Reading Room. Shelflists for most areas of the collection, not listed below, are located in the Cataloging Office (these sort cards by their call number order, rather than by author, title, or subject).

Printed books (includes atlases and maps)

All cards are located in the main card catalog room (next to the entrance to the Old Reading Room)

  • Author, title, and subject cards interfiled (some not in Hamnet)
  • Chronological, by year:
    • STC period publications
    • Wing period publications
    • English 18th century publications (many not in Hamnet)
    • Continental publications to 1800 (many not in Hamnet)
  • Continental printers to 1800, by name (many not in Hamnet)
  • Continental place of publication to 1800, by city (many not in Hamnet)
  • Former owners:
    • Main file, by name
    • Harmsworth, by STC number
  • Other:
    • Books with manuscript notes (drawer labeled "Former Owners: MSS Notes")
    • Book prices (i.e., handpress era books containing indications of how much was paid for them)

Manuscripts

All cards except for the Former Owners file and the Manuscript Notes file are in the little room to the left of the main card catalog room.

Art

All cards except for the STC Illustrations file and the Wing Illustrations File are in the little room to the left of the main card catalog room.

  • Prints: artist, title, and subject interfiled
  • Photographs: by subject
  • Drawings and watercolors:
    • Artist, on photocopied cards in two 3-ring binders
    • Subject on 3 x 5 cards cross-referenced to artists on photocopied cards in two 3-ring binders
  • Chronological: pre-1700 prints
  • Illustrations (located in the main card catalog room):
    • STC period by subject (not in Hamnet)
    • Wing period by subject (very incomplete; not in Hamnet)

Other

All cards are located in the main card catalog room (next to the entrance to the Old Reading Room)

  • Costumes and props (not in Hamnet):
    • Actor
    • Play/Character
    • Garment or object type
  • Playbills (not in Hamnet):
    • Main file: by city, then theater, then season (no access by actors or plays)
    • Chronological file
    • Former owners
  • Historical and Political Pamphlets 1500-1700 (not in Hamnet):
    • French
    • Chronological, by year within language
  • Folgeriana [i.e. about the Folger] (mostly not in Hamnet)
    • Main file
    • Chronological
    • Subject
  • Music: single songs first line index (not in Hamnet)
  • Promptbooks
    • Shakespeare
    • Non-Shakespeare
    • Chronological, by performance date
  • Shakespeare Miscellany [i.e. ephemera and offprints receiving minimal description]