Re: Why are Princeton files called Princeton files? Dan Lester 05 Dec 2002 20:08 UTC
Thursday, December 5, 2002, 11:28:48 AM, you wrote: HM> I was talking on the telephone to a retired cataloging librarian while HM> I was browsing through my email and saw this. By Princetons, you mean HM> "magazine holders" for unbound issues, right? According to my HM> friend, who retired in 1986 after a long career, Princeton is a HM> company name for the source of the Princetons. She did not think that HM> other libraries call them that, but our library called them that HM> because we had to call them something. I'm not 88 yet (gee, 28 years to go for that one), but in working in seven state university libraries in seven states, since 1960, I've always heard the metal boxes that hold pamphlets, loose issues of journals, etc, called Princeton files. Whether they're named after the university or a company, I don't know. But an indication that the name is widely used can be seen by doing a search on the expression on the web. You get hits like: http://www.vernlib.com/prmetal.asp http://www.shopbrodart.com/contents/files.htm http://www.libsonline.com/subcat.asp?oldcat=437&catid=449 http://www.geocities.com/Athens/6274/manshelv.html\ As far as I'm concerned, "princeton files" refers only to metal boxes, and the ones made of cardboard or plastic are "pam boxes" or something similar. I've heard some folks use the term "princeton files" to also refer to these containers. To me, a princeton file is of metal, has a metal bottom, two metal sides, and a metal back. The top and front are open. There may or may not be a label holder on the back. But if others want to use the term more generically, I'm not going to get excited about it. dan -- Dan Lester, Data Wrangler dan@RiverOfData.com 208-283-7711 3577 East Pecan, Boise, Idaho 83716-7115 USA www.riverofdata.com www.gailndan.com Stop Global Whining!