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Revised January 1998

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INTRODUCTION

Manufacturers' trade catalogs are a source of much valuable and useful information for those interested in various decorative arts history, the history of design, and trends of various industries. Catalogs chronicle the development of different styles and tastes of the public and can be used to identify articles as well as to provide information on specifications, prices, and types of material used in construction. For the most part, however, trade catalogs have not fared well in libraries. Because of the catalogs' size and frequency of issue, many libraries are unable or reluctant to collect them. For those libraries that are interested, trade catalogs often are very difficult to obtain.

Fortunately, the Library of Congress has a representative collection of trade catalogs that are dispersed throughout the general collections. But because they are listed in the card catalog under many different headings, users interested in accessing them must resort to several strategies in order to find them.

This guide has been prepared to assist those users. The emphasis is on catalogs of 19th and early 20th century American craftsmen and manufacturers. There is a short bibliography on the history of manufacturing in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries listing useful sources of information on a particular type of manufacture or on manufactures in a particular geographical area. Also listed are some catalogs from the Library of Congress collections for the following types of manufactures: furniture, silver, glassware, and pottery.

Of the sources listed in this guide, almost all are part of the general collections and are either on reference in the Main Reading Room or need to be requested from the stacks. The microform collections are to be requested in the Microform Reading Room. If you need assistance in locating the catalogs included in this guide, please consult a reference librarian.


BIBLIOGRAPHIES AND GUIDES TO TRADE CATALOGS

Crom, Theodore R. Trade Catalogues, 1542 to 1842. Melrose, Fla.: T.R. Crom, 1989. xi, 392 pp., ill. (some col.). Bibliographic references, pp. 377-84.
LCCN: 88-93066
LC CALL NUMBER: HF5861.C75 1989

Fredgant, Don. American Trade Catalogs. Paducah, Ky.: Collector Books, 1984. 287 pp., ill.
LC CALL NUMBER: Not in LC

Guide to Architectural Trade Catalogs From Avery Library, Columbia University. Edited by Norman Ross. Frederick, Md.: UPA Academic Editions, 1989. 236 pp.
MicRR guide no. 105-232 MicRR

Guide to Trade Catalogs From the Corning Museum of Glass. New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1987. 500 pp.
LCCN: 87-24276
LC CALL NUMBER: Z6046.G84 1987 MicRR

Hagley Museum and Library. Trade Catalogs in the Hagley Museum and Library. Nina de Angeli Walls. Wilmington, Del.: The Library, 1987. 104 pp.
LCCN: 87-146349
LC CALL NUMBER: HF5861.H234 1987 MicRR

Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. Trade Catalogues at Winterthur: A Guide to the Literature of Merchandising, 1750 to 1980. [Compiled by] E. Richard McKinstry. Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America, 1993. 438 pp. A Winterthur Book. Originally published in New York: Garland, 1984. Garland Reference Library of Social Science. Bibliographic references, index.
LCCN: 93-13919
LC CALL NUMBER: Z7164.M18H43 1993 MicRR

Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum Part II. Compiled by Eleanor McD. Thompson. Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America, an imprint of CIS. [1991]. 159 pp.
In process 1/6/98.

Romaine, Lawerence B. A Guide to American Trade Catalogs, 1744-1900. New York: Bowker, 1960. 422 pp.
LCCN: 60-16893
LC CALL NUMBER: Z7164.C8R6 MRR ALC


HISTORIES OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURES

Bishop, John L. A History of American Manufactures from 1608 to 1860. With an appendix, containing statistics of the principal manufacturing centres, and descriptions of remarkable manufactories at the present time. Rev. and enl. 3 vols. Philadelphia: E. Young, 1868.
LCCN: 32-12896
LC CALL NUMBER: TS23.B72
Reprint. New York: A.M. Kelly, 1866. New introduction by Louis M. Hacker. Bibliographic footnotes.
LC CALL NUMBER: TS23.B72 1966

Bolles, Albert S. Industrial History of the United States. Norwich, Conn.: H. Bill, 1879. 936 pp., ill.
LCCN: 05-21106
LC CALL NUMBER: Micro 32577 HC
LC CALL NUMBER: HC103.B69
Reprinted in New York by A.M. Kelly (1966). Contains manufactures divided into chapters by type of manufacture, such as paper and paper-hanging, wood, and other manufactures. No index.

Clark, Victor S. History of Manufacturers in the United States. Introduction by Henry W. Farnam. 3 vols. New York: Published by the Carnegie Institution of Washington by McGraw-Hill, 1929. Ill., bibliography in vol. 3, pp. 400-42.
LCCN: 29-10065
LC CALL NUMBER: Micro 46299
LC CALL NUMBER: HD9725.C5
These volumes comprise a revision of the 1916 edition, and cover the period from 1607 to 1914. Provides information on early aspects of many U.S. manufactures such as glass, textiles, and leather.

Depew, Chauncey M. 1795-1895: One Hundred Years of American Commerce . . . A History of American Commerce by One Hundred Americans. 2 vols. New York: D.O. Haynes, 1895. Ill. (part col.). Reprint. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968.
LCCN: 11-4231
LC CALL NUMBER: HC103.D4
Short chapters describe the history of various types of manufactures, e.g., potteries, wall paper, etc.

Freedly, Edwin T. Leading Pursuits and Leading Men. A Treatise on the Principal Trades and Manufactures of the United States. Philadelphia: E. Young, 1856. 614 pp. Reprint. A Treatise on the Principal Trades and Manufactures of the United States. New York: Garland, 1966.
LCCN: 05-21107
LC CALL NUMBER: HC103.F85
Advertisements, pp. 477-614. Divided into broad subject categories by type of manufacture, e.g., dry goods trade, clothing, and the clothing trade. Has two indexes arranged by the name of manufacturer. The large selection of advertisements is for Philadelphia firms.


GUIDES TO AMERICAN MANUFACTURES

American Advertising Directory, for Manufacturers and Dealers in American Goods. 1831-32. 2 vols. New York: Jocelyn, Darling. Annual.
LCCN: 55-52589
LC CALL NUMBER: HF5035.A4
No more published? Lists of manufactures arranged geographically, a classified directory by type of product, an index by name of manufacturer, and a miscellany containing short pieces on particular types of manufacture.

American Business Directory. 1883+. New York: American Business Directory Co. Monthly.
LCCN: 22-4632
LC CALL NUMBER: HF5035.A5
LC has scattered holdings. Lists firms by type of product manufactured and within type, geographically.

Arkell & Douglass. Illustrated Polyglot Catalogue of American Manufactures. [New York: J.J. Little, 1886]. 378 pp., ill.
LCCN: ca09-2615
LC CALL NUMBER: TS199.A72
Many attractive illustrations of furniture, hardware, and other household items.

Asher and Adams. Asher & Adams' Pictorial Album of American Industry, 1876. New York: Rutledge Books, 1976. 192 pp., ill.
LCCN: 76-9832
LC CALL NUMBER: HD9725.5.A72 1976
Reprint of selections from the 1876 edition: Asher & Adams' New Columbian Rail Road Atlas and Pictorial Album of American Industry. New York: Asher & Adams, 1876. A potpourri of information about 19th-century manufactures; many companies' wares are illustrated in this book. Sometimes a history of the company is given, at other times a description of how a product is made. Indexed by names and type of manufacture.

Seeger and Guernsey's Cyclopedia of the Manufactures and Products of the United States. New York: Seeger and Guernsey [1890]. clxxx, 855, [2], 259 pp., ill.
LCCN: 05-33764
LC CALL NUMBER: T12.S5 1890
A classified list of names and addresses of manufacturers, to which is prefixed an alphabetical index of articles.
____ New York: Seeger and Guernsey [1891]. cxc, 902, [2], 267 pp., ill.
LC CALL NUMBER: T12. S5 1892
____ New York: United States Industrial Published, [1899]. ccxl, 1,116 pp.
LC CALL NUMBER: T12.S5 1900


COLLECTIONS OF PAMPHLETS THAT CONTAIN TRADE CATALOGS

Early California Trade Catalogues. [Edited by Michael A. Lederer]. [San Francisco]: Book Club of California, [1991]. (Petaluma, Calif.: Anchor & Acorn Press). 10 folders, facsims. Keepsake Series, 1991.
Contents: Introduction [Michael A. Lederer]. [1] The Bancroft Company [Jennifer S. Larson]. [2] Redington & Company [Albert Shumate]. [3] Main & Winchester [Richard Dillon]. [4] Palmer & Rey [Alan Dietch]. [5] Wm. Hatteroth's Surgical House [Frank J. Novak]. [6] J.J. Pfister & Company. [Jerry Cole]. [7] Pacific Manufacturing Company. [Michael A. Lederer]. [8] Joseph Budde and the Water Closet. [William P. Wreden]. [9] Gladding, McBean & Company. [Gary F. Kurutz]. [10] Ajax Cycles. [Norman L. Wilson].
LCCN: 92-253469
LC CALL NUMBER: HF5861 .E28 1991 <Spec Format> Copy 1
LC CALL NUMBER: HF5861.E28 1991 <Rare Bk Coll> Copy 2

[Industrial Pamphlets]. Part 1: 18241942. 29 items.
[1] 1842. [2] Observations Concerning the Contents and Manner of Using Copying Machines, Manufactured and Sold by W. Dobson, at his Writing, Dressing, and Shaving Case Manufactory, Near Surrey Street, Strand, London. 4th ed. [3] Report of the Iron Trade in Scotland and South Wales . . . . (1839), by Joseph Johnson. [4] Essai sur les Falsifications qu'on Fait Subir aux Farines, au Pain, et sur les Moyens de les Reconnatre, by M.V. Parisot et M. Robine (1840). [5] A Catechism of Electricity. 3d ed. [6] Projet de Code National et International du Commerce et de l'Industrie, par M. Poirel. [7] Thoughts and Details on Life Insurance Offices in a Letter to the Shareholders and Insured in the Providence Life Office, by John Augustus Beaumont. [8] The Harmony of Interests, Agricultural, Manufacturing, and Commercial.
Part II: J.S. Skinner, editor. [9] The Safe and Scientific Method of Shoeing Horses and Mules and Care of the Feet, by Norwood Clayton Tew. [10] M.P. Moller Pipe Organs. [11] Andrew Meneely's Sons, West Troy, N.Y., Bellfounders, Proprietors of the Old Established Troy Bell Foundry Who Manufacture to Order Chimes of Bells of Any Number and Alarm Bells of Any Weight . . . . (1856). [12] The Story of the Steinways, by Elbert Hubbard. [13] The Making of a Steinway, by Ralph I. Bartholomew. [13] Seven Generations in the Building of Pipe Organs. Kilgen Organ Co. [14] Chickering & Sons, Manufacturers of Grand, Square, and Upright Pianofortes (1860). [15] Steinway Grand: Key and Action Regulation. Steinway & Sons (1932). [16] Some Observations on Ostriches and Ostrich Farming. [17] The Steel Question: Justice to the American Manufacturer Versus Discrimination in Favor of the English Producer (1860). [18] Report on the Commercial Intercourse of the United States and Great Britain, January, 1844 American Institute. [19] What Is a Revenue Standard? and A Review of Secretary Walker's Report on the tariff, by Nathan Appleton (1846). [20] General Efficiency Index System of Single Finger Prints That Uses Henry Terms Entire. General Efficiency Company. [21] Stuart's Type Book. [22] Port Orford Cedar, Its Properties and Uses. Port Orford Cedar Products Company. [23] Some Notes on the Art of Marbling Paper in the Seventeenth Century, by Charles M. Adams. [24] Rags: Being Explanation of Why They Are Used in the Making of Paper, by Arthur E. Andrews. [25] A Book of Samples of Papers Manufactured to Print Properly All Kinds of Illustrations. Champion Coated Paper Company. [26] Inspections of Buildings Before Fires: The Principal Conflagrations in American Cities, by A. Irving Brewster. [27] Mausoleums. Tiffany Studios (1914). [28] The Swedish Match Company's Head Office, Stockholm. [29] Fruit of the Loom Muslin and Other High Quality Fabrics Made by B.B. & R. Knight, Inc.
LCCN: 95-122373
LC CALL NUMBER: Collection Level Cataloging <Coll MgmtHF5861>

Industrial Pamphlets. Part 2: 1824-1942. 32 items.
Contents: [30] Prospectus of a New Plan to Make a Large Fortune on the Most Sure and Honest Way by a New System of Power as Substitute of Steam, by Weight and Lever. Invented by Gaspard Richard (1827). [31] Letter to the Hon. Robert J. Walker, on the Progress of the Iron Manufacture and on the Prospects of Steel Manufacture for Steel Rails, Car Wheels &c. in Connection with the Franklinite and Zinc Mines of New Jersey. Samuel Reeves Brooks. [32] A Review of the Mining, Agricultural, and Commercial Interests of the Pacific States . . . 1866, Compiled by John H. Carmany. [33] Edith Burnham, or, How the Homestead Was Saved, by Fannie A. Stall Alden. [34] Report of Captain George W. Hughes (Topographical Engineers) Relative to the Working of Copper Ore (1844). [35] Alhara or Rocky Mountain Silver Mining Company. H.R. Schoolcraft, Vice President, Geo. E. Mills, Superintendent (1860). [36] Reports by Mechanical Engineers on Trials of Duty Made in 1857 and 1859 Upon the Brooklyn, Hartford, Belleville, and Cambridge Pumping Engines. Brooklyn Water Works (1860). [37] The Nicolson Pavement. Invented by Samuel Nicolson (1855). [38] A Brief History of the Commercial Development of India Rubber with Especial Reference to its Use by Railways. Boston Belting Co. [39] The Memorial in Relation to the Promotion and Protection of National Industry, Adopted by a Meeting of Citizens held in the College Hall, Cincinnati, January 17th, 1842. [40] The Boston Milling & Manufacturing Co.'s Improved Machinery for Working Gold and Silver Ores (1865). [41] A Treatise on Milk and Henri Nestle's Milk Food, by H. Lebert (1877). [42] Certified Copies of Patents Issued to Charles Goodyear (vulcanizing patent), June 15, 1844, Nelson Goodyear (hard rubber patent), May 6, 1851 . . . . [43] Prospectus for the Sale of a Portion of the Stock and Organization of the Trinity Coal and Mining Company of the State of Texas (1851). [44] Bear Valley Coal Company: Reports of William F. Roberts [et al.] (1863). [45] Memorial Windows. Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company. [46] The Discovery of the Natural Printingprocess, an Invention . . . : Read in the Class for Mathematics and Natural History, the Imperial Academy of Sciences at Vienna, by Louis Auer (1853). [47] The Early History of the Power Loom, by A.M. Goodale. [48] Portraits of Musical Celebrities. Steinway (1929). [49] Knott's Popcorn Book, compiled by E.R. Knott. [50] Hamley's Cowboy Catalog. Hamley & Company. [51] A Camping Trip Through Industrial America in 1931: A Diary, by a Camper. [52] Fifty Years of Match Making, by Herbert Manchester. [53] The Revolving Cylinder Colt Pistol Story, from 1839 to 1847, by James H. Edgerly. [54] Merwin, Hulbert & Co., Manufacturers of the Merwin, Hulbert & Co's Smith & Wesson Model Revolvers . . . Sole Agents, Evans Magazine Rifle Manufacturing Co., Phoenix Metallic Cartridge Co. [55] Engravings for Lifefrom Separations to Finishing (1948). [56] The Story of Pocahontas, 18631915: a Good Coal, Pocahontas Operators' Association. [57] Report on the Study of the Mikimoto Culture Pearl, Imperial Association for the Encouragement of Inventions. [58] The Assize of Ale, Trinity Audit Ale. [59] Illustrated Catalogue. Soule Photograph Company. [60] Norton Hall, Established to Commemorate the Service and the Loyalty of the Men and Women of Norton Company, Worcester. [60a] Zyklon B, for the Control of Insects and Rodents Causing Great Economic Losses (1929).
LCCN: 95-122460
LC CALL NUMBER: Collection Level Cataloging <Coll MgmtHF5861>

Industrial Pamphlets. Part 3: 1824-1942. 20 items.
[61] Neue Beitrage zur Chemi und Physik, von C.W. Osann (1843). [62] Die Fabrikation des Pergaments und der Darmsaiten, von Hermann Lorenz (1862). [63] Die Farben, von Jacob Roux (1824). [64] Gemeinntzige Beitrage zur Branntweinbrennerei, Bierbrauerei, Weinbereitung, Essig, Rum, und Liquerfabrikation, von Gotthelf Rienecker (1842). [65] Die Entdeckung des Naturselbstdruckes, von Alois Auer (1853). [66] Gurndliche Anweisung bie besten und haltbarsten Kitte (1832). [67] Der Obstweinfabrikant, von Ernst Hesse (1838). [68] Wurdigung der GewerbsProductenAustellung in Linz (1847). [69] Praktische Anweisung, Siegellack und Oblaten, von Lenormand (1833). [70] J.H. Bachmann, Bremen: 17751925. [71] Spielwaren Spezial Katalog. [72] Der Gasmotor, von J. Clairmont. [73] Der 70pferdige Dieselmotor, von J. Clairmont. [74] Die Zweifachexpansionsdampfmaschine, von J. Clairmont. [75] Die Gleichstromdampfmaschine, von J. Clairmont. [76] Das Motorrad, von J. Clairmont. [77] Volkswagenwerk, GMBH, Zentrale Berlin. [78] 40 Jahre Dieselmotor. [79] Gunther Wagner: 18381938. [80] Der Bau des Eiskellers, von Carl August Menzel (1848).
LCCN: 95-122932
LC CALL NUMBER: Collection Level Cataloging <Coll MgmtHF5861>


CATALOGS FOR SPECIFIC TRADES: FURNITURE

American Grass Twine Company. Crex Grass Products. New York, [1903]. [30] pp., ill,
LCCN: ca11-2090
LC CALL NUMBER: TS915.A5
---- Furniture Catalogue, 1903. [New York: Engraved and Printed by the A. H. Kellogg Co., 1903]. 78 pp., col. plates.
LCCN: ca11-1067
LC CALL NUMBER: TS915.C48

American Seating Company (Founded 1906). Church Furniture. [Chicago, 1911]. 60 pp., ill. (part col.) plates.
LCCN: 11-16355
LC CALL NUMBER: TS887.A4
"Illustrated catalogue number thirty-one."

Andrews, A. H., Company, Chicago. Guide to Church Furnishing and Decoration. 1876-77. [Chicago:] Chicago Legal News, Printers, 1876. 132 pp., ill. (part col.).
LCCN: ca11-1072
LC CALL NUMBER: TS807.A5

Connersville Furniture Company, Connersville, Ind. Ye Old-Time Furniture; Reproductions of Ye Olden Time in Ye Making of Which Modern Methods Are Used. [Connersville, Ind., 1907]. 20 pp. of ill.
LCCN: 43-49589
LC CALL NUMBER: NK2265.C6

Fiske, J. W. Illustrated Catalogue of Chairs and Settees, Ornamental Iron-work of Every Description, Fountains, Vases, Statuary, Deer, Dogs, Lions, etc., and Other Lawn and Garden Adornments. [New York, 1875]. 28 pp., ill.
LCCN: 10-18057
LC CALL NUMBER: TS887.F6

Haskell, Firm, Manufacturers, Boston. Illustrated Catalogue of the Boston School Furniture Manufactory. Boston, S. Thornton, printer, 1870. 101 pp., ill.
LCCN: 06-28387
LC CALL NUMBER: LB3281.H2 1870

Heal & Son. Furnishings for the Middle Class; Heal's Catalogues, 1853-1934. New York: St. Martin's Press, [1972]. 1 vol. (unpaged), ill.
LCCN: 72-94279
LC CALL NUMBER: TS887.H4 1972

Johnson (A. J.) and Sons Furniture Company, Chicago. Suggestion for the Dining Room. Chicago, 1908. 88 pp., ill. (part col.)
LCCN: 44-43107
LC CALL NUMBER: TS887.J6

Mitchell & Rammelsberg Furniture Company. Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Furniture. Cincinnati, Ohio: Aldine Printing Works, 1878. 62 pp., ill.
LCCN: unk82-46854
LC CALL NUMBER: TS880.M68 1878 folio

Paines's Furniture Company, Boston. Suggestions to Those Who Would Furnish; Illustrated by Sketches of Over One Hundred Pieces of Furniture, Artistically Arranged. Boston: 1888. 22 leaves, 22 plates.
LCCN: ca17-1143
LC CALL NUMBER: NK2137.P3

Palmer & Embury Manufacturing Company, Inc., New York. Products of Palmer and Embury Mfg. Co. New York [1905]. 4 pp., [54] plates.
LCCN: 43-42527
LC CALL NUMBER: NK2265.P3 folio

Schrenkeisen, M. & H., New York. Catalogue of Parlor Furniture, Church, Lodge, Library and Hall Furniture Manufactured by M. & H. Schrenkeisen. [New York: C.M. Cornwell, printer, 1877]. 88 pp., ill.
LCCN: 10-19918
LC CALL NUMBER: TS887.S4

Sparmann, Gustav E. Illustrated Catalogue of Iron Back Frames, for Sofas, Lounges & Chairs, Manufactured by Gustav E. Sparmann. New York [J.R. Huth, 1874]. 20 pp., ill.
LCCN: ca10-5327
LC CALL NUMBER: TS887.S8

Walters, Betty L. The King of Desks: Wooton's Patent Secretary. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press. For sale by the Supt. of Docs., GPO, 1969. Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology, no. 3.  31 pp., ill., facsims.
LCCN: 78-604143
LC CALL NUMBER: TS887.W3
Bibliographic footnotes.


CATALOGS FOR SPECIFIC TRADES: GLASSWARE

Cambridge Glass Company, Cambridge, Ohio. The Cambridge Glass Co., Cambridge Ohio, National Cambridge Collectors, 1976. 237 pp. in various pagings, ill.
LCCN: 76-380132
LC CALL NUMBER: NK5112.C35 1976
Reprint of company catalog material originally published 1930-1934. Includes index.

Cambridge Glass company, Cambridge, Ohio The Cambridge Glass Co., Cambridge, Ohio [Newark, Ohio: Spencer Walker Press, 19..].
"A reprint of parts of old company catalogs".
LCCN: 74-182276
LC CALL NUMBER: TP868.C28 1974

Cambridge Glass Company, Cambridge, Ohio. Catalogue of Table Glassware, Lamps, Barware, and Novelties Manufactured by the Cambridge Glass Company. Cammbridge, Ohio: H. Bennett, 1976]. 106 pp., ill.
LCCN: 76-362976
LC CALL NUMBER: NK5198.C28A43 1976
Cover title: 1903 Catalog of Pressed and Blown Glass Ware Manufactured by the Cambridge Glass Co., Cambridge, Ohio. Reprint of the 1903 edition. Cambridge, Ohio: Cambridge Glass Co. Includes index.

Illinois Glass Company. Illustrated Catalogue and Price List, Illinois Glass Company, Manufacturers of Bottles and Glass Containers of Every Kind. St. Louis, Mo.: Perrin & Smith [1901]. 219 pp., ill.
LCCN: 01-31546
LC CALL NUMBER: TP868.I3

Macbeth, Geo. A., Company Pittsburgh. Illustrated Catalogue of R. R. Lamp and Lantern Glasses. [New York: Bartlett, 1896]. 200 pp., ill.
LCCN: ca09-6329
LC CALL NUMBER: TP868.M2

Matthews, John, Firm, New York. The Matthews Catalogue of Decorated Glass for House, Steamship, and Car-work by the Tilghmam Sand-blast and Etching Processes. New York, 1881. 78 pp., ill.
LCCN: 44-37610
LC CALL NUMBER: TP868.M37

Phoenix Glass Company, Monaca, Pa. Catalogue. Pittsburgh.
Library has nos. 7, 9, and 16.
LCCN: 08-15104
LC CALL NUMBER: TP868.P48a

Rice, James H., Company, Chicago. James H. Rice Co., Manufacturers, Importers and Dealers in Art and Ornamental Glass . . . etc. Also Chipped Glass Signs, Mirrors & Glaziers' Supplies . . . Plate and Window Glass. Chicago, [1905]. 210 pp., ill. (part col.).
LCCN: unk82-51952
LC CALL NUMBER: TP868.R5

Semmer, Phillip, Glass Company, Ltd., New York. Price Lists. [New York, 1888]. 164 pp., ill.
LCCN: ca10-2207
LC CALL NUMBER: TP868.S47

Shoemaker, Benjamin H., Philadelphia. Benjamin H. Shoemaker, Importer, Dealer, and Sole Agent in Philadelphia, for the Sale of French Thick White Plate Glass, French Looking Glass Plates . . . Colored Glass American Window Glass, etc., etc. Phila[delphia] 1875. 55 pp., ills.
LCCN: ca10-2206
LC CALL NUMBER: TP868.S55


CATALOGS FOR SPECIFIC TRADES: POTTERY

Catalog of Rookwood Art Pottery Shapes. 1971+ [Kingston, N.Y., P-B Enterprises.]
LCCN: 79-28292
LC CALL NUMBER: TP818.C37

Connelly, John A. A Century-old Concern, Business of Jones, McDuffee & Stratton Co. Founded by Otis Norcross, the Elder, in 1810, Unbroken Record of Growth and Progress, the Largest Wholesale and Retail Crockery, China and Glassware Establishment in the County. [Boston: G. H. Ellis Co., Printers, 1910.] Ill. (part col.).
LCCN: 11-679
LC CALL NUMBER: TP818.C7

Maddock Pottery Company. Lamberton China Hotel and Club Ware. [Trenton, N.J., 1905.] [31] pp., col. plates.
LCCN: unk82-53314
LC CALL NUMBER: TP818.M3

Stedman, D. B., & Company, Boston. Catalogue of China, Glass, and Crockery Ware. [Boston:] Ripley & Co., Printers, 1861. 39 leaves.
LCCN: ca10-2215
LC CALL NUMBER: TP818.S8

Tice & Huntington, Cincinnati. Catalogue of Art Pottery, Glass, and House Furnishing Goods. [Cincinnati, 1883]. 40 pp. ills.
LCCN: ca10-2214
LC CALL NUMBER: TP818.T5

Union Porcelain Company, New York. Price List of House Trimmings, Consisting of Porcelain Door Knobs, Escutcheons, Bell Pulls, etc. New York [Francis & Loutrel], 1861. 164 pp., ills.
LCCN: 08-21187
LC CALL NUMBER: TP818.U6


CATALOGS FOR SPECIFIC TRADES: SILVER

Gorham Manufacturing Company. The Gorham Book; A Convenient Classification of the Sterling Silver Wares and Other Productions of the Gorham Company. New York: Gorham Co. 1909. 173 pp.
LCCN: 42-8840
LC CALL NUMBER: TS735.G664
--- Sterling Silver Toilet Ware. New York, 1904. 137 pp. ills.
LCCN: unk83-10106
LC CALL NUMBER: TS735.G67

Meriden Britannia Company. Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Meriden Britannia Co.'s Electro Gold and Silver Plate on Nickel Silver and White Metal. [Meriden, Conn.], 1882. 324 pp. (Chiefly ills.)
LCCN: 56-51650
LC CALL NUMBER: NK7199.M4 folio

Reed & Barton. General Catalog (in Four Divisions). 4 vols. [Cambridge, Mass.: University Press, 1911?]. Ill.
LCCN: 38-9935
LC CALL NUMBER: NK7230.R4
Contents: 1st division. Plated hollow ware. 2nd division. Flatware. 3d division. Sterling hollow ware. 4th division. Chests & cases, pewter, bronze, and other wares.
---- Reed & Barton, Artistic Workers in Silver & Gold Plate. [Catalogue, 1885. Springfield? Mass.], cl884. 371 pp. ills. (part col.).
LCCN: 57-55443
LC CALL NUMBER: NK7199.R4 folio
Cover title: Artistic Workers in Gold and Silver Electro Plate; Illustrated Catalogue.
LCCN: unk81-1655
LC CALL NUMBER: TS675.R32

Rorer, Sarah T.H. How to Set the Table; Being a Treatise Upon this Important Subject. Wallingford, Conn., R. Wallace [1901]. 47 pp., ills.
LCCN: 02-15162
LC CALL NUMBER: TX871.R78
"A few brief remarks concerning the '1835--R. Wallace' silver plated ware & illustrations showing the beauties of the various articles made in the different patterns, with price lists for the same" (pp. 25-47).

Towle Manufacturing Company. The Life and Services of Benj. Franklin, with Some of the Proverbs of Poor Richard, and a Catalogue of the Benj. Franklin Pattern of Sterling Silver Tableware. Newburyport, Mass. [1905]. 88 pp., ills.
LCCN: 06-2524
LC CALL NUMBER: Micro 65590 E
Another copy is included in Historical Publications of the Towle Mfg. Company. Springfield, Mass.: 1901-1908.
LCCN: 09-2442
LC CALL NUMBER: TS735.T7


OTHER SOURCES: MICROFORMS

[Architectural trade catalogues from Avery Library, Columbia University]. Edited by Norman A. Ross; introduction by Frank Matero]. Frederick, Md.: UPA Academic Editions, c1989. 3,477 microfiches, ill., 11 x 15 cm.
Title derived from guide. Titles selected by Herbert Mitchell. Accompanied by printed guide entitled: Guide to Architectural Trade Catalogs from Avery Library, Columbia University. Index, bibliographic references.
MicRR GUIDE NUMBER:105-232
LCCN: 89-5754
LC CALL NUMBER: Microfiche 90/8091 (H) <MicRR>

Early American Imprints, 1639-1800. New York: Readex Film Products, [1984]. 22,000 microfiches, ill., 11 x 15 cm. Accompanied by guide with title: National Index of American Imprints Through 1800: the Short-title Evans.
MicRR GUIDE NUMBER: Z1215.S495
LCCN: 84-142517
LC CALL NUMBER: Microfiche 85/431 (Z) <MicRR>

Early American Imprints, 1801-1819. New York: Readex, 1985-{1993}. 40,480 microfiches, ill., 11 x 15 cm. Accompanied by guides: Ralph R. Shaw, American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1901-1819; Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, American Bibliography, a Preliminary Checklist, 1801-1819; Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, Printer, Publishers, and Booksellers Index, Geographical Index. Compiled by Frances P. Newton.
MicRR GUIDE NUMBER: Z1215.S48, Z1215.N58 1983
LCCN: 90-956074
LC CALL NUMBER: Microfiche 90/7049 (Z) <MicRR>

Trade Catalogs From the Corning Museum of Glass. New York, N.Y.: Clearwater Pub. Co., 1987. Ca. 5,000 microfiches ; 11 x 15 cm. Accompanied by Guide to Trade Catalogs From the Corning Museum of Glass.
MicRR GUIDE NUMBER: Z6046.G84 1987
LCCN: 90-956075
LC CALL NUMBER: Microfiche 90/7050 (T) <MicRR>

Hagley Museum and Library. Trade Catalogs from the Hagley Museum and Library: Transportation. Frederick, Md.: UPA Academic Editions, c1989. 904 microfiches, ill.
MicRR GUIDE NUMBER: 105-247.
LCCN: 89-30672
LC CALL NUMBER: Microfiche 90/7051 (H) <MicRR>

Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. Trade Catalogues at Winterthur. Frederick, Md.: Clearwater Pub. Co., c1989. About 3,000 microfiches, ill.
Printed guide: E. Richard McKinstry, comp., Trade Catalogues at Winterthur: A Guide to the Literature of Merchandising, 1750 to 1880. Bibliographic references.
MicRR GUIDE NUMBER: Z7164.M18H43 1984.
LCCN: 89-70533
LC CALL NUMBER: Microfiche (o) 90/8089 (H) <MicRR>
Printed guide: Eleanor McD. Thompson, comp., Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum Part II.
LC CALL NUMBER: In process 1/6/98


OTHER SOURCES: COMPUTER CATALOG

Many old trade catalogs are currently being reprinted. Consult the online catalog. The files are accessible using standard Library of Congress subject headings as listed below, or by using key words from the cataloging record, or the name of the company. Instruction is available at the Microform and Electronic Resources Center (LJ-139, the former Computer Catalog Center).


OTHER SOURCES: TRADE CATALOG COLLECTIONS AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS

There are large collections of trade catalogs at various libraries across the country. In addition, researchers can often find regional material in public libraries or historical societies relating to manufacturers or craftsmen that were located in those areas. The following is a list of locations for some of the larger trade catalog collections.

  1. University of California. Santa Barbara. Library.
    Special Collections Department, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    (over 100,00 catalogs)
  2. Smithsonian Institution. Museum of History and Technology Library.
    Washington, DC 20560
    (over 225,000 catalogs)
  3. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
    4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    (over 25,000 catalogs)

SUBJECT HEADINGS TO USE IN THE CARD OR COMPUTER CATALOG

  1. Name of the Company
  2. Type of manufacture--catalogs
    --place--catalogs
    --place--directories
    e.g.Silversmithing--catalogs
    Pottery--London--catalog
    Glass manufacture--U.S.--directories
  3. Art industries and trade--place
    --place--directories
    e.g. Art industries and trade--Vermont
    Art industries and trade--U.S.--directories
  4. Hardware--catalogs
  5. Place--directories
    --Industries
    --manufactures--directories
    --manufactures--history
    e.g. New York (State)--directories
    New York (State)--industries
    United States--manufactures--directories
    United States--manufactures--history

Lois Korzendorfer
Humanities & Social Sciences Division
January 1998

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