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Reference Sources

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RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee

Amherst College research databases

Library and union catalogs

Sources for librarianship

Material description / provenance

Bibliography of bibliographies for rare book cataloging

  • Standard citation forms for published bibliographies and catalogs used in rare book cataloging /prepared by Peter M. VanWingen and Belinda D. Urquiza. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1996.
  • 2nd ed. available online via HathiTrust.


Art reference


Biographical dictionaries of artists, printmakers, and print publishers

Catalogues raisonnés



Biographical information


Biography resource center (Gale)

Biographie universelle ancienne et moderne, 2nd ed.

  • CT143.M5 1880 Deck A Ref

Library of Congress Authority File

Nouvelle biographie generale depuis les temps les plus reculees jusqu'a nos jours, 1854-66

  • RR-Ref: CT143 .H5

Virtual International Authority File

  • http://viaf.org/; source is found in field 001 and in a column on the results screen


Actors and other theater folk; promptbooks

Harvard Theatre Collection. Catalogue of dramatic portraits in the Theatre Collection of the Harvard College Library.

  • charged to Cat. Office)

Highfill, Philip H. A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800

  • RR Ref PN2597.H5 Copy 1; copy 2 on Deck B

Langhans, E.A. Eighteenth century British and Irish promptbooks, 1987

  • PN2593 L2 copy 2, charged to Cataloging Dept

Oxford companion to the theatre

  • PN2035 .H3 1983 RR

Shattuck, C.H. The Shakespeare promptbooks, 1965

Wearing, J.P. American and British theatrical biography, 1979

  • charged to Cat. office)

Who's who in the theatre

  • recent editions in RR
  • 4th ed. (1922) in Art Dept. PN2012.W5

Who's who on the stage, 1908

  • charged to Cat. Office


Artists, printmakers, print publishers

Bénézit, E. Dictionary of artists

  • Deck A-Ref. N40 .B4713 2006

British Museum name authority file

Union list of artists' name online (Getty)


Booksellers, printers, book publishers

British Book Trade Index [via WWW]

Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History

Plomer, H.R. Dict. of the booksellers and printers, 1641-1667

Plomer, H. A dictionary of the booksellers and printers who were at work in England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1641-1775 (3 v.)

  • Deck A-Cat Z151.D52-54

Scottish Book Trade Index



Grove music online, via link to New Grove dictionary of music and musicians on Amherst databases; comprises the New Grove dictionary of music, New Grove dictionary of opera, and New Grove dictionary of jazz

The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians, 1980

  • ML100.N4 R.R.


By nationality



American national biography (Online), c2000

Dictionary of American biography, 1928-1958

  • RR-Ref: E176 .D56 R.R.

Who was who in America

  • Deck A-Ref. E663 .W55



Alumni Cantabrigienses

  • LF124 .A2 1900a Part 1 (to 1751) in Cataloging Office; Part 1 & 2 (1751-1900) in Reading Room.

Alumni Oxonienses, covering 1500-1714, 1968 Kraus reprint.

  • LF524 .A22 1500- 1714a Copy2 Cat.Dept.

Betham, William. The baronetage of England, or, The history of the English baronets, and such baronets of Scotland, as are of English families

  • call number?

Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry, 1847

Burke's peerage and gentry

Cokayne, George E. The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom

  • call number?

Cokayne, George E. Complete baronetage, 1900-1909

  • call number?

Oxford dictionary of national biography, 2004-

Victoria history of the counties of England

  • in new Reading Room, DA670.1, arranged alphabetically by county

Who was who

  • Deck A-Ref. DA28 .W65



Dictionnaire de biographie française, 1933-; up to v. 19 (La Valĺe) only.

  • CT143.D5 RR-Ref


 Allgemeine deutsche Biographie & Neue deutsche Biographie

  • RR Desk: CD-Rom 42; index to the print ADB and NDB

Allgemeine deutsche Biographie, 1875-1912

  • CT1053 .A5 Deck A Ref.

Neue deutsche Biographie, 1956-,

  • CT1053 .N5 Deck A Ref.


Continental books

General European



German-language area




Geographic Place Names

Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1963.

  • Deck A MSS Ref.

USGS Geographic Names Information System

Watts, Victor, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, 2004.

  • Deck A MSS Ref.



Henrey, Blanche

  •     Z5352 .H3 Deck A Ref.

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