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Current Online Catalogs
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Wish Book & Specialty Catalogs
Select early catalogs are available for purchase through the resources listed below. We suggest you also contact local collectors, antiques dealers and used bookstores. The Sears general merchandise “Big Book” and holiday Wish Book catalogs have been put onto microfilm and are available for research at libraries throughout the United States, see listings below.

Internet sites that may have Sears catalogs available for purchase:

Libraries with microfilm collections of Sears catalogs:

Check with your local librarian to see if a branch near you has Sears catalog records available.

Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama

Mobile Public Library
564 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave.
Mobile, Alabama


Z.J. Loussac Library
Anchorage, Alaska


Phoenix Public Library
Phoenix, Arizona

University of Arizona Library
Tucson, Arizona


Ottenheimer Library
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Archives and Special Collections


Humbolt State University Library
Arcata, California

Fresno City College Library
Fresno, California

UCLA Research Library
Los Angeles, California

San Bernardino County Museum
Redlands, California

California State Library
Microfilm Reading Room
Sacramento, California

San Diego Public Library
San Diego, California

San Francisco Public Library
Civic Center
San Francisco, California
Business, Science and Documents Department


University of Colorado Library
Boulder, Colorado

United States Air Force Academy Library
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Denver Public Library
Denver, Colorado


Hartford Public Library
Hartford, Connecticut


Wilmington Institute Library
Wilmington, Delaware


Jacksonville University Library
Jacksonville, Florida

Historical Association of South Florida
Miami, Florida

Orange County Library System
Orlando, Florida

West Florida Regional Library
Pensacola, Florida

Florida State University
Robert Manning Stozier Library
Tallahasse, Florida

University of South Florida Library
Tampa, Florida

Rollins College
Olin Library
Winter Park, Florida


University of Georgia Library
Athens, Georgia

Atlanta Fulton Public Library
Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Atlanta, Georgia

Chatham County Public Library
Savannah, Georgia


University of Hawaii Library
Honolulu, Hawaii


Boise Public Library
Boise, Idaho


Harold Washington Library Center
Chicago, Illinois

DePaul University Library
Chicago, Illinois

Newberry Library
Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago Library
Chicago, Illinois

Northwestern University Library
Evanston, Illinois

Knox College Library
Galesburg, Illinois

University of Illinois Library
Urbana, Illinois


Indiana University Library
Bloomington, Indiana

Evansville Public Library
Evansville, Indiana

Ball State University Library
Muncie, Indiana

St. Josephs College Library
Rensselaer, Indiana


Public Library of Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa


Kansas Museum of History Library
Topeka, Kansas


Western Kentucky University
Helm-Craven Library
Bowling Green, Kentucky


Louisiana State University Library
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

New Orleans Public Library
New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane University Library
New Orleans, Louisiana

University of New Orleans
Earl K. Long Library
New Orleans, Louisiana

Centenary College of Louisiana
Magale Library
Shreveport, Louisiana


Bangor Public Library
Bangor, Maine

University of Maine
Raymond H. Fogler Library
Orono, Maine


U.S. Naval Academy Library
Annapolis, Maryland

White Oak Library
Silver Spring, Maryland

Goucher College
Julia Rogers Library
Towson, Maryland


University of Massachusetts
Old South College
Amherst, Massachusetts
Collection of original Boston editions 1928

Boston Public Library
Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dewey Library
Cambridge, Massachusetts


University of Michigan
Hatcher Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Detroit Public Library
Detroit, Michigan

Michigan State University Library
East Lansing, Michigan


Redwood Falls Public Library
Redwood Falls, Minnesota


University of Minnesota Library
St. Paul, Minnesota


University of Southern Mississippi
Crook Library
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Jackson/Hinds Library System
Jackson, Mississippi


Kansas City Public Library
Kansas City, Missouri

St. Louis University
Pius XII Memorial Library
St. Louis, Missouri

Washington University Library
St. Louis, Missouri


Parmly Billings Library
Billings, Montana


University of Nebraska Library
Lincoln, Nebraska


Clark County Library District
Las Vegas, Nevada

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College
Feldberg Library
Hanover, New Hampshire

New Jersey

Trenton Free Public Library
Trenton, New Jersey

New Mexico

University of New Mexico
Parish Library
Albuquerque, New Mexico

New York

State University of New York Library
Albany, New York

Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn, New York

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Buffalo, New York

Cornell University
Olin Library
Ithaca, New York

CBS News Reference Library
New York, New York

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York

New York Public Library
New York, New York

Rochester Institute of Technology
Wallace Memorial Library
Rochester, New York

Onondaga County Public Library
Syracuse, New York

North Carolina

Pack Memorial Library
Asheville, North Carolina

Duke University Library
Durham, North Carolina

University of North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina

Forsyth County Public Library
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

North Dakota

State Archives and Historical Research Library
Bismark, North Dakota


Akron-Summit County Public Library
Akron, Ohio

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland, Ohio

Ohio State University Library
Columbus, Ohio

Euclid Public Library
Euclid, Ohio

Allen County Historical Society
Elizabeth M. McDonnell Memorial Library
Lima, Ohio

College of Wooster Library
Wooster, Ohio


University of Oklahoma Library
Norman, Oklahoma

University of Tulsa
McFarlin Library
Tulsa, Oklahoma


Multnomah County Library
Portland, Oregon


Newcomen Society of North America
Exton, Pennsylvania

Free Library of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh
Hillman Library
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Freedoms Foundation
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Providence Public Library
Providence, Rhode Island

South Carolina

Daniel Library
The Citadel
Charleston, South Carolina

Robert M. Cooper Library
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina

Thomas Cooper Library
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

South Dakota

Siouxland Heritage Museums
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Bicentennial Library
Chattanooga-Hamilton County
Chatanooga, Tennessee

Woodward Library
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, Tennessee

Memphis State University Library
Memphis, Tennessee

Burrow Library
Rhodes College
Memphis, Tennessee

Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Jean & Alexander Heard Library
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee


Abilene Public Library
Abilene, Texas

Austin Public Library
Austin, Texas

University of Texas Library
Austin, Texas

Walker Memorial Library
Howard Payne University
Brownwood, Texas

Panhandle Plains Museum
Canyon, Texas

Sterling C. Evans Library
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

East Texas State University Library
Commerce, Texas

Dallas Public Library
Business and Technology Division
Dallas, Texas

Dallas Theater Center
Dallas, Texas

Fondren Library
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas

Southwestern University Library
Georgetown, Texas

Rice University Library
Houston, Texas

University of Houston Library
Houston, Texas

Texas Tech University Library
Southwest Collection
Lubbock, Texas

Stephen F. Austin State University Library
Nacagdoches, Texas

Maddux Library
Trinity University
San Antonio, Texas

Abell Library Center
Austin College
Sherman, Texas

Baylor University Libraries
Waco, Texas


Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

Marriott Library
Salt Lake City, Utah


Research Library
Shelburne Museum
Shelburne, Vermont


Richmond Public Library
Richmond, Virginia

National Technical Information Service
Office of Marketing & Customer Service
Springfield, Virginia

Earl Gregg Swem Library
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia


Seattle Museum of History and Technology
Seattle, Washington
Original Seattle editions

Seattle Public Library
Seattle, Washington

University of Washington Library
Seattle, Washington

Spokane Public Library
Spokane, Washington

Washington, DC

The Library of Congress
Washington, DC

Smithsonian Institute Libraries
National Museum of American History
Washington, DC

U.S. Department of Commerce
Patent Office
Washington, DC
No, DC

U.S. Department of Labor
Washington, DC

Galludet University Library
Washington, DC

Gellman Library
George Washington University
Washington, DC

West Virginia

Kanawha County Public Library
Charleston, West Virginia


Parkside Library
University of Wisconsin
Kenosha, Wisconsin

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin


University of Wyoming Library
Laramie, Wyoming

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