American Tracts

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The American Tracts collection consists of pamphlets published in the United States as well as pamphlets about the United States published elsewhere. Pamphlets relating to the West are classed in the Western Americana collection unless noted otherwise.  Do not class here pamphlets that are purely literary.  Tracts are generally works of 100 pages or less, bound or unbound; however, the limitation of 100 pages is not rigid.  Pamphlets elsewhere will not be reclassed unless handled for other reasons. The general cataloging policies for monographs are followed.


The size boundaries are:

up to 26 cm. high
up to 21 cm. wide
between 26 and 38 cm. high
between 21 and 25 cm. wide
Larger tracts are classed either in the Year/Number collection or in broadsides.


The following guidelines are used when marking volumes for American Tracts.

  1. Mark on Yale bookplate when there is one, generally in the upper left corner.
  2. Mark on front cover, lower left hand corner, if in preservation wrappers.
  3. Mark on verso of last page, lower right hand corner, when 1 or 2 don't apply.  The lower left hand corner is the alternate location when the lower right hand corner is unusable.
  4. If the last page is unmarkable (e.g. too dark or shiny or filled with text or illustrations), mark the verso of the first usable page from the end.

NOTE: Do not mark call number on original wrappers.


Example (housed in letter-size folder):

Boston (Mass.) The votes and proceedings of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the town of Boston, in town meeting assembled, according to law, [1772].

Pamphlets published in or about the United States
1772 Full imprint date
B657 Cutter number based on main entry

Oversize example (housed in legal-size folder):

United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Treasury Department, Dec. 7th, 1792 : sir, I have the honor herewith to transmit certain statements ... [1792]

Pamphlets published in or about the United States
1792 Full imprint date
+Un314 "+" sign for oversize and Cutter number based on main entry


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