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Online Collections:

Hundreds of libraries and archives exist online, from university-supported sites to individual efforts. Each one has something to offer to researchers, students, and teachers. This list contains over 250 libraries and archives that focus mainly on localized, regional, and U.S. history, but it also includes larger collections, eText and eBook repositories, and a short list of directories to help you continue your research efforts.

The sites listed here are mainly open access, which means that the digital formats are viewable and usable by the general public.


Open Education Database (OEDb)

Google Books

Vatican Library


Preservation Resources:

This is a selected listing for the convenience of Aldus Society members. It may not include all providers of these services.  Phone numbers are current as of December 2014.  Inclusion on the list is not a recommendation regarding level of quality in craftsmanship, timeliness, pricing, or full services.


  • OSU Libraries Conservation Unit: consultation and assistance with book and paper conservation. (614) 292-0342
  • Pennington Custom Art Services, Val Pennington, proprietor: custom and museum quality framing; paper conservation. 3047 Indianola Ave. Columbus. (614) 263-8133


  • Ann Carroll Kearney: book conservation (330) 659-9232 (NE Ohio)
  • Cris Clair Takacs: books, boxes (216) 286-9773 (Cleveland area)
  • Mckay Lodge Conservation: art on paper, paintings (440) 774-4215 (Oberlin)
  • Strong Bindery: hand bookbinding, marbling, classes. Leather, cloth, paper -- (216) 231- 0001 (Cleveland area)
    Contact: Ellen Strong,
  • Gabrielle Fox Butler: books, fine binding (513) 304-5758 (Cincinnati)


 Archival Supplies   

 Referral Service


Associations and Book Searches:

Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America

Advanced Book Exchange


Educational Opportunities:

Rare Book School

Wells Book Arts Center


Books on Books and Book Collecting:

Basbanes, Nicholas A. Among the Gently Mad. 2002
ISBN 0805051597

Basbanes, Nicholas A. A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. 1995
ISBN 0805036539

Basbanes, Nicholas A. Patience & Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture. 2002
ISBN 0060196955

Carter, John. ABC for Book Collectors. Rev.1998
ISBN 1884718051

Goldstone, Lawrence and Nancy. Out of the Flames: the Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World. 2002
ISBN 0767908368

Goldstone, Lawrence and Nancy. Slightly Chipped: Footnotes in Booklore. 1999
ISBN 0312205872

Goldstone, Lawrence and Nancy. Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World. 1997
ISBN 0312156820

Goldstone, Lawrence and Nancy. Warmly Inscribed: The New England Forger and Other Book Tales. 2001
ISBN 031226268X

Man, John. Gutenberg: How One Man Remade the World with Words. 2002
ISBN 0471218235

Manguel, Alberto. A History of Reading. 1996
ISBN 0670843024

Petroski, Henry. The Book on the Bookshelf. 1999
ISBN 0375406492

Rostenberg, Leona and Stern, Madeleine. Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion. 1997
ISBN 038548514X

Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Book of Books. 1992
ISBN 089599030X

Wilcox, Annie Tremmel. A Degree of Mastery: A Journey through Book Arts Apprenticeship. 1999
ISBN 0898231884


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