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Trade catalogs collection.

Call Number: Uai Trade Catalogs

Scope and Contents

The Trade Catalogs collection consists of over 8,000 printed items varying in size from small pamphlets to multipart volumes that date from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. The manufacturing companies represented in the collection are primarily American, the bulk being from New England and the Mid-Atlantic; a small number of Western European companies are also included. The catalogs list products ranging from domestic wares to industrial equipment and often include prices and illustrations; some catalogs also contain information about the manufacturers.

Information in this finding aid was taken from catalog cards. The catalog cards have been retained and are found in box 406. The primary set of cards is arranged alphabetically by manufacturer's name. A secondary set of duplicate cards for Connecticut manufacturers are found at the end of the primary set. These materials were given the Yale classification: Uai.

The collection was transferred to Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library from Sterling Memorial Library.


  • 1800 - 1978

Language of Materials

In English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and other languages.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Trade catalogs collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Sterling Memorial Library.


Arranged alphabetically by manufacturer's name.


125.0 Linear Feet (8174 volumes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Trade catalogs collected by Yale University Library.
Guide to the Trade catalogs collection.
by Kathy Ruvuna and Christopher Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

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