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The list of abbreviations originally given on p. 57, 116, of the first
edition of this work, was enlarged in the report of the committee on
catalog rules of the American Library Association (Library journal,
3: 16-19). It there included the abbreviations for the most usual
forenames formed by the initial followed by a colon for men and by
two periods for women (as J:=John, M.. =Mary), devised by C: A.
Cutter and first published in the Library journal, 1: 405 and 5: 176.
It was republished, classified, but with many omissions and additions,
by Melvil Dewey in Library notes, 1: 206-211, and also on a convenient
card. It is here reprinted in full with his additions.
A list of abbreviations used in describing bindings, prepared by
E. H. Woodruff, was published in the Library journal for May, 1887.
The shortest abbreviations may be used in library records (accession
book, lost list, exchange and sale book, accounts, etc.) but on catalog
cards give abbreviations in ordinary use (Jan. not Ja., Sat. not St.),
avoiding what might puzzle or mislead. The colon abbreviations,
however, may be employed even here if otherwise one would have
Aaron Aar. Arnold Arn.
Abraham Ab. Arthur Arth.
Adam Ad. August, Augustus A:
Adelbert Adlb. Augusta A: a
Adolf Adf. Augustin A: in
Adrian Adr. Augustinus A: inus
Aegidius Aeg. Aurelius Aur.
Albert Alb. Austin Aust.
Alexander, Alexandre Alex. Baldwin Bald.
Alfonso Alf. Balthasar Balt.
Alfred Alfr. Baptiste Bapt.
Alphonse Alph. Barbara Barb.
Amadeus Amad. Barnard Barn.
Ambrose, Ambrosius Amb. Bartholom/ius, Bartholomew Bart.
Anastasius Anast. Basilius Bas.
Andreas, Andrew And. Beatrice B..
Anna A.. Beatrix Bx.
Anselm Ans. Belinda Bel.
Anthony, Antoine, Anton Ant. Benedict Bened.
Archibald Arch. Benjamin B:
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Cutter, Charles A. (Charles Ammi), 1837-1903. Rules for a Dictionary Catalog, book, 1904; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1048/m1/157/: accessed October 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.