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I need some help figuring out a bit in the second chapter of my original fiction novel. I might need a librarian to answer these questions, but if anyone else has the answer I will take it.


Say a book, "Book One", used to be in circulation but went missing about 50-75 years ago, would it's card have been pulled? Would it have ever been entered in the electronic index once the card catalogues were being phased out? Say "Book One" is an original book, a diary, etc. that had been mistakenly put into the public collection, how would it have been recorded?

Let's say "Book One" has just come across your desk and the only really distinguishing marks in it, other than a call number, is a commemorative bookplate dated 1871 and reading "a Gift from her Highness Queen Victoria to the City of Chicago." How would you go about tracking it down, what methods would you use? An online database? Worldcat?

Any other information you need?


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