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Collectibles Subject Headings

This guide gives search terms to use in the online catalog when searching for collectibles. It does not include information about antique furniture, fine art, pottery, or porcelain. For those subjects, see the guides which address each of those topics individually.

Current Price Guides for many collectibles are available in Reference Services on the second floor of the Main Library in Oakland.

Unless otherwise noted, use a SUBJECTsearch for all of the following.

To find information on: Use the SUBJECT:
Aluminum, hammered & forged aluminum collect
aluminum giftware
Autographs autographs
Automobiles automobiles
Banks coin banks
Baseball cards baseball cards
Beer steins steins
Black [African American] Collectibles african americans collect
black dolls collect
Books book collect
books prices
Bottles bottles
Regular and military uniform buttons
Pin-back and political campaign

political collectibles
campaign insignia
Cameras cameras collect
photography equipment and supplies collect
Canes staffs
Cars [For full-size cars: automobiles; for toy cars: toys]
Christmas ornaments christmas decorations collect
Cigarette & cigar supplies smoking paraphernalia
Clocks clocks
Collectibles (general) collectibles
Coins coins
Comic Books comic books strips etc. collect
comic art paraphernalia
For Kachina dolls
dolls collect
Firearms firearms collect
Games games collect
toys collect
Glassware glassware collect
Guns firearms collect
Household appliances household appliances
Kachina dolls kachina
Kitchen appliances kitchens equipment and supplies collect
household appliances
Lighters (cigarette, etc.) smoking paraphernalia
Marbles marbles game collect
also, using WORD search: marbles and collecting
Metal ware metal work
Military collectibles military paraphernalia
military decorations
Military uniform buttons buttons
Music Boxes music box
Netsukes netsukes
Paper [things made of paper] printed ephemera
Paperweights paperweights
Pens fountain pens
Photographs photographs collect
Photography equipment & supplies photography equipment and supplies collect
cameras collect
Pipes [tobacco] smoking paraphernalia
Political memorabilia political collect
campaign insignia
Postcards postcards
Railroadiana railroads equipment and supplies collect
Records [phonograph] sound recordings collect
Scrimshaws scrimshaws
Sewing equipment & supplies sewing collect
sewing equipment
sewing machines
Silver silver flatware
Smoking equipment & suppliessmoking paraphernalia
Stamps postage stamps
stamp collecting
Steins steins
Toy soldiers military miniatures
Toy trains railroads models
Toys toys collect
Watches clocks and watches
pocket watches

If the collectible you are researching is not listed, please ask a librarian for assistance.