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Contents 1 From Library Guides to the Bureaucratic Era: An Introduction 1 2 Temporary Indexing 9 I Around 1800 25 3 The First Card Index? 27 Addressing Ideas 27 Data Streams 32 Copy Error: The Josephinian Card Index 34 Floods 35 Canals 37 The Algorithm 38 Error: Buffer Overflow 42 Paper Flow: Taming, Duration 43 Revolution on Playing Cards 45 4 Thinking in Boxes 49 The Scholar’s Machine 50 Genealogy: Johann Jacob Moser and Jean Paul 53 Elsewhere 56 Banknotes 58 Balance Sheet 62 In Praise of the Cross-Reference 63 On the Gradual Manufacturing of Thoughts in Storage 65 5 American Arrival 69 Do Not Disturb—William Croswell 69 Early Fruits and Dissemination 78 vi Contents II Around 1900 85 6 Institutional Technology Transfer 87 Reformation: Dewey’s Three Blessings for America 87 Transfer: Library Bureau 90 Library Supplies 90 Standardization 91 Corporate Genealogy 92 The Transfer 95 Product / System / Manufacturing 100 Digression: Foreign Laurels 102 Industry Strategy 104 7 Transatlantic Technology Transfer 107 Supplying Library Supplies 108 The Library Ge-stell 108 Punch Card 110 The Bridge Enters the Office: World Brain 113 8 Paper Slip Economy 123 System / Organization 125 Universal / Card / Machine 127 Invalidation 131 The War of the Cards: Copyrighting the “Card Index”™ 133 Depiction / Decision 135 Summary: Order / Cleanup 139 Afterword to the English Edition 143 Notes 145 References 181 Index 207 ...


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