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Writers LIVE: Peter Deveraux: The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures

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Monday, October 1, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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5108 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210
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Enoch Pratt Free Library
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Enoch Pratt Free Library Roland Park Branch
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A slide-illustrated talk presented by Peter Devereaux, editor of The Card Catalog.

A new book published by the Library of Congress in association with Chronicle Books, The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures, celebrates the legacy of the card catalog. Lavishly illustrated, it features the Library’s original cards and covers of many familiar and beloved books in its collection. Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden contributed the foreword, declaring the card catalog “the gateway to the wonders of a library’s collection” in the twentieth century.

The Card Catalog traces the history of the catalog from its earliest precursors through the height of its popularity and eventual transition to online catalogs used by libraries today. The Library of Congress, after decades of reliance on a system originally devised by Thomas Jefferson for his own books, created its own card catalog at the turn of the twentieth century. For nearly one hundred years, the Library made its cards available to local public libraries nationwide. The Card Catalog features many of these original cards, both handwritten and typed, with annotations and stamps reflecting the work of generations of librarians. Paired with the cards are photographs of some of the great treasures in the Library’s collection, from Shakespeare’s First Folio to Walt Whitman’s corrections to a print of “O Captain! My Captain!” and first editions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Peter Devereaux is a writer-editor with the Library of Congress Publishing Office where he writes, edits, and conducts research for Library publications. A former librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, he lives in Roland Park.

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