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History of the Office and Office Equipment: A Resource Guide

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We have included some of the more obvious subject headings below, but additional works on this topic may be identified by searching the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Choose the topics you wish to search from the following list to link directly to the catalog and automatically execute a search that will allow you to browse related subject headings. Please be aware that during periods of heavy use you may encounter delays in accessing the catalog. For assistance in locating other subject headings which relate to this subject, please Ask A Librarian.


This is not a complete list but is a selective list of a few of the more prominent and general subject headings. There are others like: Accounting machines; Blank-books; Card system in business; Desk sets; Dictating machines; Dictograph; Electronic office machines; Marking devices; Paper clips; Plastics in business machines; Rubber stamps; Tabulating machines; Ticket selling registers; Time clocks; and Writing materials and instruments.


We have included some of the more well-known companies, but other companies contributed to the history of various machines but we cannot included all of them these include some specialty sellers that are still important like the Library Bureau founded by Melville Dewey that sold furniture for libraries but did have a role in the larger office furniture discussion. We have also not included subject heading for particular machines (for example "Hewlett-Packard computers").