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Selected U. S. Chess Libraries
compiled by Allan Savage

    This was prepared and distributed by CC-IM Allan Savage for his lecture “Caissa's Legacy: The Great Chess Libraries” at the June 1998 Chess Festival (sponsored by Thinkers’ Press) in Moline, Illinois.

Library
Special Collection
Volumes
Highlights
Cleveland Public
325 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216)-623-2818
www-catalog.cpl.org/marion
John G. White
M-F: 9-6
Sun: 1-5
35,000
Largest collection in the world. 180 current periodicals.  Manuscripts, newspaper columns, incunabula.
Princeton University
Firestone Library
Princeton, NJ
jamesw@princeton.edu
libweb.princeton.edu:2003
E. B. Cook
M-F: 8:30-4:30
3,000+
16th and 17th century history, problems, U.S. chess club history, New Jersey history.
Princeton University Spackman
M-Th: 8-11
F: 8-8 
Sat-Sun: 12-8
500+
Post-1915 tournament books, bulletins
Louisiana State Univ.
Hill Memorial Library 
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 
(504)-388-6547 
notebs@unix1.sncc.lsu.edu
Gladney
M-F: 8-5
Sat: 9-1 
300+ 
Best on Paul Morphy.  Also strong on U.S. books from 1930s and 1940s.
Colorado College
Tutt Library 1021 
N. Cascade Ave. 
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719)-389-6668
www.cc.colorado.edu
Justice
M-F: 9-12 & 1-4
300+
16th to 19th century history.  Cessolis, Greco, Lolli, Philidor, Ponziani, Sarratt, Staunton.
Philadelphia Free
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215)-686-5416
Willing
M,W: 9-9 
Th-F: 9-6 
Sat: 9-5
1700+
**
University of Louisville
Ekstrom Library 
Louisville, KY 40292 
(502)-852-6792 
dsbuie01@gwise.louisville.edu
Muir-Hogenauer
M-F: 10-4
Th: 10-8
500
Complete BCM.  Montigny, Twiss.  (Entire Muir library pending; complete catalog in preparation)
Harvard University
Rare Books
Houghton Library
(617)-495-2442
Charles Gilberg
M-F: 9-5
Sat 9-1
2,800+
**
US Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540 
www.lcweb.loc.gov/catalog
M,W,Th: 8:30-9:30 T,F,Sat : 8:30-5
1,800+
Excellent on old periodicals.  Very strong on 1960s and 1970s
San Diego Public
820 E Street 
San Diego, CA 92101
M-Th: 10-9 
F-Sat: 9:30-5:30
Sun: 1-5
850+
Extensive foreign periodicals
Mechanics Library
57 Post Street 
San Francisco, CA 
(415)-421-1752
M-Th: 9-9
F: 9-6 
Sat: 10-5
Sun: 1-5
1,000+
Up-to-date selection of modern titles; some older

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