- a file of cards of uniform size arranged in some definite order and listing the items in the collection of a library or group of libraries, each card typically identifying a single item.
Origin of card catalog
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for card catalog
All of these card-catalog and other "devices" are a part of a great movement to put efficiency into every human industry.The American Country Girl
Martha Foote Crow