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A catalogue of the library of the United Service Museum : Middle Scotland Yard, London

Ms. Codex 1933

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Royal United Service Institution (Great Britain). Museum Library.
Title:
A catalogue of the library of the United Service Museum : Middle Scotland Yard, London
Date [inclusive]:
1836-1841
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1933
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
A printed library catalog with interleaved blanks is the house copy of the United Service Museum as part of the Royal United Service Institution. The volume has copious annotated bibliographic entries on the printed pages and interleaved blanks to accommodate additions to the library. The volume was in use from the years 1836 to 1841
Cite as:
Catalogue of the library of the United Service Museum, 1836-1841, Ms. Codex 1933, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

The Royal United Service Institution is a British defense security think tank founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, Sir Arthur Wellesley. The original mission of the institution was to study naval and military science. The institution's Museum was first located at Whitehall Court, London. In 1833 the institute moved to Inner Scotland Yard. The Museum relocated in 1895 next door to the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace, its current location. The museum library is under the auspices of the Council of the Royal United Service Institution and was originally known as the Naval and Military Library Museum.

Scope and Contents

This printed library catalog with interleaved blanks is the house copy of the United Service Museum. The volume has copious annotated bibliographic entries on the printed pages and interleaved blanks to accommodate additions to the library. The volume was in use from the years 1836 to 1841 probably by the institute's librarian. Council room is written on the verso of the fly leaf where volume was likely kept. There is a table of contents following the title page providing the organization and arrangement of the library's collection. The library is divided into subjects labeled as classes. Each class is divided into sections. The handwritten sixth section Numismatics was and addition to the History class. Each subject section is organized by author and if the author is not available the title is used. Following the contents is an alphabetical index with notations and additions. The blank pages facing and following each printed page has numerous handwritten additions to the library. Some works were also subtracted from the library. A column created on the left side of each page has numerical or alphabetical values, possibly indicating a shelf location. The works in the library's collection span the years from 1510 to 1841. A stamped label on the back cover reads: Library catalogue, station list, U.S. Museum. Spine label reads: U. S. M. library. There are 112 printed pages in the volume. The interleaved blanks are unnumbered. The spine is cracked and partially detached.

Class I. Theology, education, and moral philosophy.

Class II. Jurisprudence, government, statitstics, commerce, and political economy.

Class III. Sciences and th arts.

Class IV. History.

Class V. Biography.

Class VI. Voyages and travels.

Class VII. Belle lettres.

Class VIII. Periodicals.

Atlases and books of maps, plans, charts &c.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  June 2018

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This codex is available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Antiquates Fine & Rare Books (Wareham, England), 2018.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Annotations
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Hybrid books
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
Subject(s)
  • Military art and scienc--Bibliography--Catalogs
  • Naval art and science--Bibliography--Catalogs
  • Private libraries--England--19th century--Catalogs

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Collection Inventory

Volume

A catalogue of the library of the United Service Museum : Middle Scotland Yard, London, 1836-1841.

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