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Card Catalogs

Dealing mostly with card catalogs repurposed for the home, but some classic library photos have slipped in, as have some "card-catalog-like" storage cabinets. For more about libraries, librarianship, reading, books, or bookshelves, there are separate boards.

Previous pinner, the creator: "Library card catalog turned jewelry armoire that I lined with felt. Not bad for less than $20.00 total!" [Original pin, where comments contain information about the earring containers:]

"Card Catalog inspired table" from "One Peace at A Time" -- Click-through shows how she transformed a battered piece into this beauty, which incidentally, only has two drawers, not six.

From a 2007 post, "Ode to the Library Card Catalog," this was a lovely restored card catalog that was listed at that time on the San Francisco "craigslist." Now, it's just for inspiration, but the click-through has some great photos of other card catalogs plus a lot of creative suggestions of what to store in them.

Click through to see these gloriously reinvented card catalogs. While I'm pretty crazy about all of these (and would cheerfully house any of them!), I ADORE that "Arts & Crafts Light Catalogue Table." [Screenshot 20140407 via Pinstamatic]

"HGTV's Genevieve Gorder's New York Home (PHOTOS)" -- While I like the black-and-white theme and her bookcase, I'm loving the "bulky 81-drawer apothecary cabinet." Click through for several more photos of her lovely space.

"Homage to Lauren," by jim downie, via Flickr -- Card-catalog-like chest.

The card-catalog-like pieces in this lovely vignette are in the Pottery Barn catalog entry showcasing the linen pinboard (no longer available). I don't find the cabinets in the catalog at all, but they seem to be hinged doors rather than drawers.

"An Old Technology, Transformed: ‘Artists in the Archives,’ at Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford [NY]" -- Click through for a wonderful story, with some fascinating photos, about this project, “Artists in the Archives: A Collection of Card Catalogs,” 3 side-by-side installations, one of which (shown here) is "the 'Alternet,' a 50-drawer card catalog...repurposed to hold more than 15,000 three-by-five-inch works of original visual art" by 75 artists.

Loving these banks of card catalogs still in use at the State Library of New South Wales in the Mitchell Reading Room.

"Chişinău (Moldova) - National Library," by Danielzolli, via Flickr -- Click through for a great story from the user's point of view.

"card catalog," by fierce bunny, via Flickr -- No further information than that these lovely postcards at odd angles were found in an antique store.

Simply gorgeous still life photos by Andrew Grinton of a crave-worthy vintage card-catalog-like piece. This is slide 15 of 20 in his "Still Life 1" portfolio.

"1930s filing chair, a helpful tool used to maintain the labor-intensive card catalog." Source: "Folder 'Library Scenes.' Box 35, UM School of Information records." -- Article is about Margaret Mann, cataloging professor extraordinaire at the University of Michigan, and has more vintage photos.

"Using the card catalog - November 20, 1958." -- In the St. Paul (MN) Public Library. Cute little girl who's amused by something. -- Click through for more historical photos, including one of a wider and higher view of the multiple card catalogs.

Click through for several photos of this stunning and unusual antique card catalog. "There is a rather interesting lock system to it too. We are still trying to figure it out. You can't really close all the drawers all the way because of the locks or the locks block them from shutting, but if you leave a drawer out, reach your hand in, trip the lock, all the drawers shut perfectly." -- I adore the look of this one!

"Card Catalog Coffe Table with Wood Type Display Top {tutorial}" from "So You Think You're Crafty" -- Only thing better than a card catalog is one with a typewriter on top!

"DIY card catalog" -- This is the before and after for this card catalog-like piece, but there isn't anything else in the way of explanation on the site except: "Make over a small $18 set of drawers for under $50, with the right paint and knobs."

While this "vintage wooden library card file cabinet" by HRUSKAA on Etsy has sold, it is still droolworthy.

From "Faded Charm": " ~White Wednesday # 160~ " -- Lovely distressed white card catalog and vignette.

Lovely shabby chic card-catalog-ish piece. Says "Photo Courtesy of Ooh La La! Home Furnishings," but the blog at the link there no longer exists.

"Tossing the Card Catalog" in 1985 at Aquinas College, Michigan -- "The Woodhouse library went from its old card catalog system to a computerized automated system thanks to a $350,000 grant from the Grand Rapids Foundation."

Click through for a delightful article about the history of Oberlin College's "Dewey Card Catalog," aka "The first card catalog in the Spear Library." -- Image courtesy of the Oberlin (OH) College Archives. Also in the article, a most unusual photo of half-cards, the system initially used.

Previous pinner: "Bibliography pg" -- This is described on pages 38 & 39 of the click-through book, "Social Studies Graphic Organizers & Mini-Lessons." -- Personally, I love that this is a "card catalog" organizer, but how many kids nowadays are going to understand that??

From "Vintage Libraries," this is captioned "Men and women looking through the card catalogues at the Library of Congress, 1941," but it isn't. This is LC staff FILING in card catalogs behind the scenes. See a great explanation here: -- Also seen elsewhere as a "Life" magazine photo by Bernard Hoffman, 1941. (librosfera.blogsp...)