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The Vertical File Index. A Role To Play, A Contribution To Make

Katherine Dahl (Reference Librarian, University Library, Western Illinois University, Macomb, III)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 1 February 1991



While books and periodicals dominate the collections of most libraries, they do have a poor second cousin. Pamphlets and vertical file material have worth and value to a library (no matter what that library's size, function, or type); but this value may not always be recognized. A primary source of information on many pamphlets and vertical file‐like material is the Vertical File Index (hereafter sometimes referred to as the VFI or the index), a selection and collection‐building tool in existence for over fifty years. While the index does include references to items like Baby Shower Fun, Turn to Sandwiches, and Versatile Vinegar, it is not replete with such items.


Dahl, K. (1991), "The Vertical File Index. A Role To Play, A Contribution To Make", Collection Building, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 19-22.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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