List of reference sources of use in cataloging

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

General reference


Externally-created macro dictionaries

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
  • London stage 1660-1800
  • 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

Booksellers, printers, book publishers



  • Catalogue of books printed on the continent of Europe, 1501-1600 in Cambridge libraries (2 v.)
    • Z921.C15 Cat. Off. Index of printers in v. 2.



  • 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



  • 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.




British and Irish






  • 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


  • English broadsides, 1505-1897
    • Z2027.B8 L6
    • Cite as: Crawford, J.L.L. Bibliotheca Lindesiana. Catalogue of English broadsides
  • Tudor and Stuart proclamations
    • DA310.C725 Cat office
    • Cite as: Crawford, J.L.L. Bibliography of royal proclamations of the Tudor and Stuart sovereigns and of others published under authority, 1485-1714, ǂc I,

Continental books

General European




  • Deutsche Drucke des Barock 1600-1720 in der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
    • Reproduced title pages with minimal bibliographic information
    • Z929.W6 (folio)
  • VD 16
  • VD 17
  • Yale Collection of German Literature. German Baroque literature
    • Z2232.Y3




Slavic countries

Controlled vocabularies


  • Notaker, H. Printed cookbooks in Europe, 1470-1700
    • Z5776.G2 N69 2010

Emblem books

  • French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese books of devices and emblems 1534-1827
    • PN6349.Z9 L31
    • Cite as: Landwehr, J. French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese books of devices and emblems 1534-1827

Geographic place names


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

Legal documents

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


Modern materials cataloging

Material-specific cataloging resources


  • Drama on the world stage: prompt books [non-Shakespeare] and performance records. Series 1, The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C. : an inventory to the Research Publications microform collection.
  • Harvard Theatre Collection. "Shakespeare promptbooks in the Harvard Theatre Collection." In Harvard Library Bulletin, v. 35, no. 1 (Winter 1987).
  • Langhans, Edward A. Eighteenth century British and Irish promptbooks. .
  • Shakespearean prompt-books of the seventeenth century. Ed. G. Blakemore Evans.

Shakespeare bibliographies


  • Halliwell-Phillipps, J.O. Some account of the antiquities, coins, manuscripts, rare books, ancient documents, and other reliques illustrative of the life and works of Shakespeare
  • PR2933.H3H18 copy 2 Ms.Off.


  • 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. Bibliography of English poetical miscellanies, 1521-1750
  • Catalogue of a collection of English ballads of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries
    • Z2014.B2 L7
    • Cite as: Crawford, J.L.L. Bibliotheca Lindesiana. Catalogue of a collection of English ballads
  • English verse, 1701-1750
    • Z2014.P7 F6 copy 2 Cat. Dept.
    • Cite as: Foxon, D.F. English verse, 1701-1750