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From: Iris Snyder <irsnyder@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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The University of Delaware Library Special Collections Department is
pleased to announce that its current exhibition "Trade Catalogs in the
University of Delaware Library" is now available on the Internet.  The
exhibition can be reached through the Library's home page
(http://www.lib.udel.edu) or directly

The University of Delaware Library Special Collections Department houses
an extensive collection of trade catalogs and advertising ephemera
produced in the United States from the middle of the eighteenth century
until the present day.  The collection's strength is in its diversity.
Rather than focusing on one type of product or industry, the Library's
goal has been to acquire broadly and develop a wide range of catalogs
that support research and teaching in a variety of disciplines.  The
trade catalog collection also complements the collection's traditional
strengths in the history of horticulture, science and technology,
printing and publishing, and the book arts.  Companies selling printing
supplies, agricultural implements and nursery stock, type founders,
publishing companies, and booksellers are particularly well-represented
as are the catalogs of Delaware businesses.

"Trade Catalogs in the University of Delaware Library" strives to
demonstrate the lasting historical importance of this often overlooked
genre.  In addition, the exhibition brings to notice the strong
collection of trade catalogs housed in the Special Collections Department
of the Library.  The exhibition, curated by Timothy Murray and Iris
Snyder of the Special Collections Department opened on March 18, 1996 and
will run through July 15, 1996.

For more information, contact the Special Collections Department at (302)
831-2229.  The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00-5:00 and
Tuesday evenings until 8:00.

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