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card catalog

a file of cards of uniform size arranged in some definite order and listing the items in the collection of a library or group of libraries, each card typically identifying a single item.
Origin of card catalog
1850-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • All of these card-catalog and other "devices" are a part of a great movement to put efficiency into every human industry.

    The American Country Girl Martha Foote Crow

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