The following list includes resources for those in search of information, special collections, and research projects relating to the history of the book. For ease of scanning, the resources are subdivided by general format: Indexes and Databases, Studies and Projects, Bibliographies and Research Guides, and Discussion Groups. Further information can be found at the websites linked below. Researchers should also consult the listings at Archives and Collections and Online Exhibits and Programs, linked in the menu above. To add new resources or to make corrections, please submit them to the webmaster.

Indexes and Databases

The resources listed below provide access to a wide range of source material useful for those researching the history of the book and print culture.

Manuscripts, The Ancient World, The Middle Ages


North America


Graphic Design, Typography, Illustration

The 19th Century

Wide Views, Broad Views

Studies and Projects

The resources listed below represent on-going and long-term projects to bring historical and bibliographical information to light or to make it more accessible. Some studies and projects have been undertaken by individuals or a single institution, but many also represent efforts by groups of people or institutions to gather data and make it available for comment. Many of the projects welcome contributions.


North America

The Wider World

Bibliographies and Research Guides

The resources below provide extended listings of source material on their selected topic, while others provide guidance to researchers on the use of particular collections or lines of inquiry.

Discussion Groups

  • Ex Libris Rare books and manuscripts discussion group. Hosted at Indiana University. More information available online.
  • J-HISTORY, journalism history discussion
  • SHARP-L. The discussion group of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing