A Cabinet of Curiosities

There is so much interesting history to be found in the card catalog, if only those drawers could talk!

Image of the Library of Congress Card Division, 1919
The Library of Congress Card Division, 1919 Underwood. The Library of Congress Card Division, 1919. [circa 1919 or later], photograph, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
As Andrew Limbong explained on NPR’s Morning Edition show, “if you do a Google search for “card catalog” it will likely return Pinterest-worthy images of antique furniture for sale — boxy, wooden cabinets with tiny drawers, great for storing knick-knacks, jewelry or art supplies,” or seed packets as in the case of the new Pellissippi State Seed Library! There is a rich fascinating history behind the card catalog as author Peter Deveraux explains in his new book, The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures. Checkout this fun and fascinating interview on NPR: