ALA Catalogs, 1904, 1912, 1926, 1933, 1943, 1952 | The American Library Association Archives
Series Number: 13/15/12
Volume: 1.0 Cubic Feet
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Description: Seven ALA catalogs published as a list of the best books, with brief narrations concerning the scope, character, and value of the books. The functions of the lists were to guide readers, librarians and book sellers in their selection duties and to replace the need for printed catalogs in small libraries, according to Melvil Dewey, editor, ALA Catalog,1904, which is the first of the publications. It lists 8,000 titles in 485 pp. Subsequent editors were Elva L. Bascom, 1912 ed. (3,000 titles, 350pp.), which contains works published between 1904 and 1911; Isabell M. Cooper, 1926 ed. (10,000 titles, 1,295 pp.), a revision of all ALA booklists published since 1893; Marion Horton, 1933 ed. (3,000 titles, 330pp.) works published from 1926 to 1931; two copies of Horton's 1943 ed. (4,000 titles, 306 pp.), works published from 1937 to 1941; and Florence Boochever, 1952 ed. (4,500 titles, 448 pp.) works published from 1942 to 1949. The titles were those that would interest public library users looking for current, popular fiction and non-fiction.