The H. W. Wilson Company: Half a Century of Bibliographic Publishing

The H. W. Wilson Company: Half a Century of Bibliographic Publishing

The H. W. Wilson Company: Half a Century of Bibliographic Publishing

The H. W. Wilson Company: Half a Century of Bibliographic Publishing

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One often wonders what librarianship would be like today if there had never been an H. W. Wilson Company. Or take scholarship in general, the dissemination of ideas and information through printed materials. What would it be like today if there had never been a Cumulative Book Index, a Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, or an Agricultural Index--to mention only a few of the many significant aids which are now so much a part of the everyday life of libraries and scholarship that they are more or less taken for granted?

Of course, men have to have ideas and record them. Other men must assemble knowledge and record it. Still other men must interpret and analyze knowledge and record their conclusions. All this work must be recorded if it is to have any value for society. And in these days of rotary printing presses, of linotype machines, of printing by photo-offset processes, so much knowledge, so much information, has been and is being recorded that society is literally swamped by the printed word.

The unsung heroes of scholarship today are the various agencies of bibliography--the locaters, identifiers, indexers of materials. For without indexes and controls to locate ma-

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