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COLLECTION — Multiple Containers Identifier: 2005M-61

Short-title catalogue revision project records


These records concern the revision of the STC including: correspondence, research notes, field reports, annotated STC volumes, administrative files, proofsheets, working papers, index slips, Pantzer's books, microfilm of STC items, microfilm prints of STC items, reference books and offprints, and miscellaneous realia concerning the project.


  • circa 1923-1997
  • Majority of material found within circa 1947-1992


Language of Materials


Restrictions on Access

Collection is restricted. Consult Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts for access.

A portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


135 linear feet (circa 116 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

In 1926, A.W. Pollard and G.R. Redgrave published: A short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland& Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640. In September 1962, Katharine F. (Kitzi) Pantzer joined William A. Jackson (in the Houghton Library) in his work on the revision of Pollard and Redgrave's work (also begun by Frederic Sutherland Ferguson). At this point, the revision project had completed up to the letter L. Two years later, Jackson died and Pantzer continued the work. In June 1976, the first volume of the revision (second part of the alphabet) was published. In April 1987, the volume for the first part of the alphabet appeared, and in 1991, the third volume was published. This project is also known as STC².


Organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Boxed materials; III. Microfilms; and IV. Miscellaneous items.


Collection is unprocessed.

Processing Information

Minimal description derived from existing records and converted to online finding aid, Betts Coup, 2020.

Short-title catalogue revision project records, circa 1923-1997 (inclusive), circa 1947-1992 (bulk) (2005M-61): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 16, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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