M-332: Dunaway Bookseller Collection
HISTORICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Reginald Patrick Dunaway
operated a bookstore for thirty-seven years on Delmar Boulevard, in
St. Louis, Missouri. At the beginning, his business was almost all
mail order, but as time went on he came more and more to rely on the
in-store trade as well. Mr. Dunaway possessed file cabinets filled
with index cards on which he recorded information regarding the sales
of his books, the contact information of his clientele, and listing
information for his catalogs. These cards make up the bulk of the
Dunaway Books Collection.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: The collection consists of 32
record boxes (32 linear feet) of file folders and index cards
containing information regarding the sales, subjects and authors of
books sold at Dunaway Books from the period approximately 1963
– 2000. There are 4 series in the collection; Sales Records, Subject
File Cards, Author File Cards, and Contact Information Cards. Mr.
Dunaway tended to order his records alphabetically, although some
records would jump around a bit alphabetically, depending on the space
available in Mr. Dunaway’s storage. The original order of the
collection has been maintained, so in some cases there may be
supplemental files, or boxes may contain alphabetical sorting but then
start over at A with the next box, rather than an entire series being
arranged from beginning to end alphabetically.
HOLDINGS: 32 linear feet
ACCESS: Some of the material in Special Collection M-330 may
be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to
condition. Series 4, Contact Information Cards, is currently
restricted. Researchers viewing this collection will be asked to sign a
Personal Information Non-Disclosure Form.
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Copies of a finding aid are available for download:
M-332: Dunaway Bookseller Collection(.rtf)
M-332: Dunaway Bookseller Collection(.pdf)
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