List of reference sources of use in cataloging

This article lists resources catalogers will find useful for bibliographical and biographical reference.

General reference


Research databases

Library and union catalogs

Sources for librarianship

Material description / provenance

Art reference


Catalogues raisonnés


Biographical information


Actors and other theater folk

  • Harvard Theatre Collection. Catalogue of dramatic portraits in the Theatre Collection of the Harvard College Library. (charged to Cat. Office)
  • Highfill, Philip H. A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800
    • RR Ref PN2597.H5 Copy 1; copy 2 on Deck B
  • Wearing, J.P. American and British theatrical biography
    • PN2285.W42 1979
  • Who's who in the theatre
    • PN2012.W5 (recent editions in RR)
    • 4th ed. (1922) in Art Dept. PN2012.W5
  • Who's who on the stage, 1908 (American)

Artists, printmakers, print publishers

  • Bénézit, E. Dictionary of artists
    • Deck A-Ref. N40 .B4713 2006
  • Houfe, Simon. Dictionary of British book illustrators and caricaturists, 1800-1914
    • DeckA-Art Curator NC978 .H7 Art Dept. [Collection Information Services Office]
  • Wood, Christopher. Dictionary of Victorian painters.
    • DeckA-Art Curator ND467 .W6 1978 Art Dept. [Collection Information Services Office]
  • British Museum name authority file
    • (pick "People" from the "Category" drop-down)
  • Union List of Artist Names online (Getty Research Institute)
  • rkdartists& database (Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie/Netherlands Institute for Art History)

Booksellers, printers, book publishers




  • Grove music online
    • via link to New Grove dictionary of music and musicians on Amherst databases; comprises the New Grove dictionary of music, New Grove dictionary of opera, and New Grove dictionary of jazz
  • The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians, 1980
    • ML100.N4 R.R.





  • Alumni Cantabrigienses
    • LF124 .A2 1900a Part 1 (to 1751) in Cataloging Office; Part 1 & 2 (1751-1900) in Reading Room.
  • Alumni Oxonienses, covering 1500-1714, 1968 Kraus reprint.
    • LF524 .A22 1500- 1714a Copy2 Cat.Dept.
  • Betham, William. The baronetage of England, or, The history of the English baronets, and such baronets of Scotland, as are of English families
    • CS424 .B56 Cage, v.1-5
  • Bibliography of British and Irish History (Brepolis)
  • Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry, 1847
  • Cokayne, George E. The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom
    • CS421 .C71 R.R
  • Cokayne, George E. Complete baronetage, 1900-1909
    • CS424 .C6
  • English Book Owners in the Seventeenth Century
  • Oxford dictionary of national biography, 2004-
  • Victoria history of the counties of England
    • in New Reading Room, DA670.1, arranged alphabetically by county
  • Who was who
    • Deck A-Ref. DA28 .W65





  • Dictionnaire de biographie française, 1933-; up to v. 19 (La Valĺe) only.
    • CT143.D5 RR-Ref


  • Allgemeine deutsche Biographie & Neue deutsche Biographie
    • RR Desk: CD-Rom 42; index to the print ADB and NDB
  • Allgemeine deutsche Biographie, 1875-1912
    • CT1053 .A5 Deck A Ref.
  • Neue deutsche Biographie, 1956-,
    • CT1053 .N5 Deck A Ref.




British books


  • Catalogue of English broadsides, 1505-1897
    • Z2027.B8 L6
    • Cite as: Crawford, J.L.L. Engl. broadsides

Continental books

General European






  • Clubb, L.G. Italian plays (1500-1700) in the Folger Library. Z881.F6 copy 3 Acq. Dept.
  • Cosenza, M.E. Biographical and bibliographical dictionary of the Italian printers, and of foreign printers in Italy from the introduction of the art of printing into Italy to 1800. Z155 .C6 (Cataloging Office)
  • EDIT 16
  • Florio's 1611 Italian/English dictionary


Controlled vocabularies

Geographic place names


  • British botanical and horticultural literature before 1800
    • Z5352 .H3 Deck A Ref.
    • Cite as: Henrey, B. Brit. botanical lit.

Legal documents

  • Tudor and Stuart proclamations, 1485-1714
    • DA310 .C725 copy 2 Cat. Dept.
    • Cite as: Crawford, J.L.L. Royal proclamations, 1485-1714


Modern materials cataloging

Material-specific cataloging resources

Other resources

Externally-created macro dictionaries

Shakespeare bibliographies


  • Blinn, Hansjürgen & Wolf Gerhard Schmidt. Shakespeare-deutsch: Bibliographie der Übersetzungen und Bearbeitungen. 2003
  • PR2971.G3 B57 2003
  • See also the Folgerpedia supplement to this work


  • Langhans, E.A. Eighteenth century British and Irish promptbooks, 1987
    • PN2593 L2 copy 2, charged to Cataloging Dept
  • Oxford companion to the theatre
    • PN2035 .H3 1983 RR
  • Shattuck, C.H. The Shakespeare promptbooks, 1965
    • PR3091 .S4 copy 6 Cat. Dept.


  • Bibliography of English poetical miscellanies, 1521-1750
    • Z2014.P7 C3 Copy 1 Cat. Dept.
    • Cite as: Case, A.E. Poetical miscellanies
  • Catalogue of a collection of English ballads of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries
    • Z2014.B2 L7
    • Cite as: Crawford, J.L.L. Engl. ballads
  • English verse, 1701-1750
    • Z2014.P7 F6 copy 2 Cat. Dept.
    • Cite as: Foxon