Special Collections

Cleveland Public Library


Main Library, 3rd Floor
325 Superior Ave.
Cleveland OH 44114

Finding Aids

Catalog of the Chess Collection (including checkers), 2 vols., arranged by author and subject (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1964); and the Catalog of Folklore, Folklife and Folk Songs, 2nd edition, 3 vols. (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1978), a dictionary catalogue arranged by subject which supercedes the earlier 1965 edition.


One might note that the chess collection also includes literary works making significant references to chess, such as Gesta Romanorum (58 early editions); the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1,050 editions in 40 languages); an article from the Syn Otechestva for 1839, and other works relating to chess.

The Folklore and Orientalia collections of the White Department have extensive and important holdings on ethnology and explorations of Central Asia, Georgia, and the Caucasus published by the 19th c. Russian learned societies; literary works and language materials in Jagataic (51 titles), Armenian (122 titles), Uigur (18 titles), Georgian (67 titles), Turkish (Roman Script, 160 titles), Turkish (Old, 185 titles), Bashkir (7 titles).

The John G. White Department of Folklore, Orientalia, and Chess owns over 147,000 volumes and 1,500 manuscripts, with the largest chess library in the world, of approximately 21,000 vols. To speak of relevant materials by subject, one can start with the chess holdings, among which are:

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