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Publishers’ Weekly; American Book-trade Journal

Leypoldt
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DDC: 010 Rf

Alphabetic list of books of week, with descriptive notes; publishers’ announcements, book trade comment, etc. Monthly and quarterly cumulated lists, annual summary, education and other special numbers increase its value for libraries. N. Y.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Vol 4 (1873) to Vol 102 (1922) available online.

United States Catalog; Books in Print 1902

Wilson 1903
Potter, M. E., ed.Go to Book
DDC: 010 Rf

Entries under author, subject and title, in one alphabet, with particulars of binding, price, date and publisher. Covers much the same ground as indexes of Publishers’ trade list annual, but includes some additional minor publishers.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

A. L. A. Catalog; 8000 Volumes for a Popular Library, with Notes

American Library Association (A.L.A.) 1904
Dewey, Melvil and others, eds. Go to Book
DDC: 010

The most useful aid to book selection for books before 1904. Based on Catalog of A. L. A. Library 1893, but greatly revised and enlarged, with descriptive notes on a large proportion of titles.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

A. L. A. Catalog, 1904-1911

American Library Association (A.L.A.) 1912
Bascom, Elva L. and others, eds.Go to Book
DDC: 010

Imprint information and descriptive notes for about three thousand titles. Arranged according to Dewey classification, with subject and author indexes.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

A. L. A. Catalog, 1912-1921

American Library Association (A.L.A.) 1923
Massee, May, ed.Go to Book
DDC: 010

Over four thousand titles of outstanding books of the ten years covered, with brief descriptive notes, publisher and latest price, Library of Congress subject headings and card numbers.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

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A.L.A. Catalog 1926; an Annotated Basic List of 10,000 Books

American Library Association (A.L.A.) 1926
Cooper, Isabella M. ed. Go to Book
DDC: 010

This volume includes titles from the 19th century and before, but because it is focused on books in print, it contains a disproportionate number of titles published just prior to 1926.

Booklist; a Guide to the Best New Books, 1905 to Date

American Library Association (A.L.A.)
Vols 1-17 & Indexes (1904-1921); Vol 18 (1921-1922)Go to Vols 1-17|Go to Vol 18
DDC: 010

The A. L. A. official monthly book selection magazine. Each number lists and annotates from 175 to 200 current books, giving also classification number, subject headings, Library of Congress card number, and an author and title index.

Appleton’s Library Manual …

Appleton 1852
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DDC: 010

(title continued) “containing a catalogue raisonne of upwards of twelve thousand of the most important works in every department of knowledge, in all modern languages”

Part 1: Subjects – alphabetically arranged
Part 2: Biography, classics, miscellanies, and index to Part 1.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Five Thousand Books …

Curtis 1895
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DDC: 010

(title continued) “an easy guide to the best books in every department of reading. Selected, classified and briefly described by a corps of experienced editors under the direction of the literary bureau of the Ladies Home Journal”


Best Books of 1897 to 1921; Vols 5 & 6

New York. State library, Albany
Volume 5 – Bibliography bulletins no. 50-60;
Volume 6 – Bibliography bulletins no. 61-70 Go to Vol 5|Go to Vol 6
DDC: 010

Each issue has a carefully selected annotated list of about 250 books of the preceding calendar year, chosen with reference to the needs of small libraries.

Contents of Volume 5:
-#50 Best books of 1910
-#51 Best books of 1911
-#53 Best books of 1912
-#54 Best books of 1913
-#55 List of books in the Library for the blind
-#56 Best books of 1914
-#57 List of books for prison libraries part 1
-#53 Best books of 1915
-#59 Official publications of the state of New York relating to its history as colony and state
-#60 Bibliography concerning vocations

Contents of Volume 6:
-#61 Best books of 1916; selected for a small public library
-#62 Best books of 1917; selected for a small public library
-#63 List of books in the library for the blind 1915-19; supplement to bibliography bulletin 55
-#64 Books on health as related to the school child
-#65 Buying list of books for small libraries; edition three
-#66 Best books of 1918; selected for a small public library
-#67 Best books of 1919; selected for a small public library
-#68 List of books in the library for the blind 1919-21; supplement to bibliography bulletin 63
-#69 Books on health as related to the school child; second edition revised
-#70 Best books of 1920; selected for a small public library

Children’s Catalog of Thirty-Five Hundred Books

Wilson 1917
Wilson, H.W.; Bacon, Corinne, comp.Go to Book
DDC: 010

Subtitle: “A Guide to the Best Reading for Boys and Girls. Based on fifty-four selected library lists and bulletins; arranged under author, title and subject; with analytical entries for 700 volumes.”

Children’s Catalog Supplement

Wilson 1918
Wilson, H.W.; Bacon, Corinne, comp.Go to Book
DDC: 010

Subtitle: “A Guide to the Best Reading for Boys and Girls. Four Hundred and Fifty Books chosen chiefly from books published between June 1, 1916, and January 1, 1918; arranged under author, title and subject; with analytical entries for 78 volumes.”

Standard Catalog Bimonthly; a Selected List of Best Books for the Small Library

Wilson, H.W.
Vols 1-3 (1921-24) Go to Vol 1-3
DDC: 010

Recommendations on books in all subjects, organized by Dewey Decimal Classification. Most book entries have fairly extensive notes, compiled from reviews.

Standard Catalog for Public Libraries; Philosophy, Religion and General Works Section

Wilson 1932
Wilson, H.W.; Sears, Minnie Earl, comp.Go to Book
DDC: 010

Subtitle: “An Annotated List of 1000 Titles with a full Analytical Index”.

Of the 1,000 titles, about 170 are in Dewey Class 000 (General Works), about 350 in Class 100 (Philosophy), and about 480 are in Class 200 (Religion). About 335 additional titles are mentioned in the entry notes.

The Best Books. A Reader’s Guide and Literary Reference book, Being a Contribution towards Systematic Bibliography (3 vols)

London: Routledge 3rd edition 1910-1923
Sonnenschein, William Swan Go to Book
DDC: 010

Publisher’s note: “This, the final edition of the late Mr William Swan Sonnenschein’s The Best Books, the first edition of which appeared in 1887, records some 150,000 works, with dates of the first and last editions, and price, size and publishers’ names, English and American. It contains also Index, Synopsis of Classification, Table of Abbreviations, etc., and List of British Publishers, Learned Societies, etc.”

Part 1 (1910):
A. Theology
B. Mythology and Folklore
C. Philosophy
(Note: The Table of Contents for this volume is at the beginning)

Part 2 (1912)
D. Society
E. Geography
(Note: The Table of Contents is found at the end of this volume)

Part 3 (1923)
F. History and Historical Biography
G. Archaeology and Historical Collaterals
(Note: No Table of Contents for this volume was found)

Guide to the Study and Use of Reference Books

American Library Association (A.L.A.) 1917
Kroeger, Alice Bertha and Mudge, Isadore Gilbert Go to Book
DDC: 010

Descriptions of hundreds of standard reference works covering every field of knowledge. Arranged by subject, it gives complete bibliographic data for each entry, is fully annotated and indexed.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

List of Books for Girls and Women and their Clubs (A.L.A. Annotated Lists)

American Library Association 1895
Leypoldt, A. H., & Iles, George, ed. Go to Book
DDC: 010 Rf

About 2,100 titles in chief branches of literature, classed under 26 main headings; each group selected and annotated by a specialist. Publishers and prices; very full index. List is general and equally useful for boys and men.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

The Study Outline Series

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in their Study Outline Series for clubs or individuals desiring a course of study. Each outline furnished an adaptable study program, introduced significant writers on the subject, and provided a bibliography of books and magazine articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title, adding the words “study outline“; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at catalog section 051 Periodicals.

DDC: 010

Active Citizenship (1921)

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American Art (1917)

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Contemporary American Literature (1917)

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Contemporary Drama (1915)

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Contemporary English Literature (1916)

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Country Life and Rural Problems (1918)

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Early American Literature (1916)

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Home Economics (1915)

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Municipal Civics (1915)

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The New Poetry (1922)

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Present Day Industries in the United States (1916)

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Questions of the Hour; Social, Economic, Industrial (1917)

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The United States since the Civil War (1916)

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Woman Suffrage (1916)

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012 Bibliographies and catalogs of individuals

Index to Contemporary Biography and Criticism

Faxon 1929
Hefling, Helen and Richards, EvaGo to Book
DDC: 012

The index is for collections of biography and criticism, not individual biographies or works of criticism. In addition to literary figures, the index covers persons in the arts, science, politics, and other fields. Most persons covered were born around 1850 or after.

Viewpoints in Biography; an Arrangement of Books According to their Essential Interest

American Library Assoc. 1921
Tappert, KatherineGo to Book
DDC: 012

Selected biographical literature, arranged according to distinct interests such as adventure, American Indians, art, etc.; brief annotations, with subject indexes.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921

Standard Catalog: Biography Section

Wilson 1919
Wilson, H.W.; Baker, Corinne, comp.Go to Book
DDC: 012

One thousand titles of the most representative, interesting and useful biographies.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section

Wilson 1927
Wilson, H.W.; Sears, Minnie Earl, comp.Go to Book
DDC: 012

Subtitle: “Second Edition Revised and Enlarged. About 1,150 Titles of the Most Representative, Interesting and Useful Biographies.”

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