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In preparing for Imprints and Impressions, we ran across many interesting words that have fallen out of the general lexicon. With this booklet, we have brought one back: handlist. Dean Kathleen Webb ran across it in a 1944 booklet from the J. Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. Though the word no longer appears in most new dictionaries, it’s still in the Oxford English Dictionary:
A list of a particular type or category of things, presented in a readily consultable form; esp. a list of the books or manuscripts in a particular place, on a particular subject, etc.; a catalogue.
It’s a good word … and that’s a terrible thing to waste.
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Webb, Kathleen M., "Exhibition handlist" (2014). Supplemental Media: Catalogue, Handlist, Lectures, Events and More. 3.
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