Library Thing is a social media website that lets you create a personal library catalog. It’s so helpful in back that some extremely small libraries use it as THEIR catalog. Basically you get a membership (free and paid have different levels of benefits) that let you copy catalog your books from various sources. You can also find other people’s lists. I must admit, even though I probably should, I really haven’t done anything more than look around Library Thing even though it’s been around since 2005.
Today (July 24, 2019) I tripped over a tweet that directed me to their Legacy Libraries. These are lists of what books famous people had in their libraries. I’m not sure what their sources are. I looked up Harry S. Truman because I know his wonderful National Historic Site had put together a list of what books he owned (why don’t more museums do this?) I had to try two different ways to go into find it. So you may want to just scroll the main list or go in by category instead of date because that’s how I found it. Find a list of Legacy Libraries.
Here are links to the current categories and how they sort them.
- 9th Century(1)
- 14th Century(1)
- 15th Century(5)
- 16th Century(7)
- 17th Century(774)
- 18th Century(1076)
- 19th Century(163)
- 20th Century(140)
- 21st Century(19)
- European Royals(9)
- Mayflower Passengers(16)
- Signers of the Declaration of Independence(56)
- U.S. Presidents(10)
P.S. Since I mentioned the Harry S. Truman historic site above, I want to especially point you to their Facebook page which is one of the best done I’ve ever seen.
Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.