Our colleagues from across the pond at Friends House Library, London send word of improved access to their pre-1801 printed materials:
Over the past two years the Library at Friends House, London has been matching its holdings of all its early Quaker writings to the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) database and has now downloaded these records to its own online catalogue.
Thanks to funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Pilgrim Trust and the Sir James Reckitt Charity a further 7,400 titles are now available for users to search via our online web catalogue.
During the course of this project we found that over 1000 items were not known outside this Library. Photographed & described, their bibliographic records now appear with 470,000 other mainly English language titles published between 1473 and 1800 from over 2000 libraries worldwide on the ESTC database.
You no longer need to visit or contact the Library to find out if we hold a pre-1801 item. You can search online under author, title, keyword, corporate author, year of publication or date range, publication type, classification, language as well as ESTC number, Wing and Smith references; a great improvement from the card catalogue.
For more information, please contact:
Library of the Religious Society of Friends
173-7 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ
T: +44 (0)20 7663 1135