card catalog


Definition of card catalog

: a catalog (as of books) in which the entries are arranged systematically on cards

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Gay or lesbian images were not yet identified or categorized as such in the card catalogs of libraries. Andrea Weiss, The Atlantic, "Creating the First Visual History of Queer Life Before Stonewall," 30 June 2019 Using Otlet's Universal Decimal Classification, the two men and their staff created an index card catalog with bibliographies on every card. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 Remnants of its card catalog still exist today at theMundaneum museum in Mons, Belgium. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 There is a library with a card catalog, a 1950s National Geographic set and Monopoly and Scrabble games circa-1930. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "To Help Alzheimer’s Patients, a Care Center Re-Creates the 1950s," 18 Sep. 2018 So many that there are two yard-long card catalog drawers full of card entries of old textbooks. David Frese, kansascity, "Are you smarter than a Kansas 7th-grader of 100 years ago?," 29 Jan. 2018 The card catalog was a revolutionary tool for organizing information. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "The Librarian of Congress Weighs In on Why Card Catalogs Matter," 19 May 2017 The drawers are jammed with jokes typed on 4-by-6-inch cards — 52 drawers, stacked waist-high, like a card catalog of a certain comedian’s life’s work, a library of laughs. James Barron, New York Times, "Sorting Through All the Laughs Joan Rivers Left Behind," 22 Oct. 2017 Send tips, comments, and Joan Rivers’s joke-card catalog to ‪‪‪. Follow me on Twitter @thatrebecca. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Meet the Man Spending the Academy’s Millions," 20 Oct. 2017

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of card catalog

US : a set of cards in a library that have information about books, journals, etc., written on them and are arranged in alphabetical order

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