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History of the Office and Office Equipment: A Resource Guide

Academic & Trade Literature

This section includes more general trade literature as well as those specific to certain types of equipment but are not necessarily limited to a specific machine or piece of equipment. For periodicals devoted to a particular equipment type please see the respective guide section on that equipment.

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.

Indexing Sources

Whether you are looking to research the manufacturer of a particular piece of equipment or some other work-related topic, news and trade literature is an import resource. They are particularly good for stories about the companies, products, or events that may not make it into history books.

Many of the trade literature sources are not necessarily digitized and searchable. Historically, indexing services have been the traditional way to access many of the articles found in trade literature if the journal did not index itself. Included below are many of the standard and relevant indexing titles. While many of the below indexes are available in electronic format, the print versions may be more widely accessible.