Classified Abstract Archive of the Alcohol Literature

The Classified Abstract Archive of the Alcohol Literature (CAAAL) is a collection of approximately 20,000 abstracts prepared by Center staff from 1939 through 1977 of the scientific and scholarly alcohol literature (journal articles, published and unpublished reports, monographs). The publication of CAAAL ceased in 1978. A manual is provided for use in subject searching: Keller, M., Efron, V., & Jellinek, E. M. (1965). CAAAL manual: A guide to the use of the Classified Abstract Archive of the Alcohol Literature. New Brunswick, NJ: Publications Division, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies.

The abstracts are printed on punched cards, and access is provided by author through the library’s master catalog (an author catalog divided into 10-year periods), by CAAAL number or by subject using a needle-sort method. (See cards with the needle.) The punched card on the right shows an example of the information available for each article, including author, title, publication data, and an abstract, usually written by CAS employees. In addition to the English-language literature, publications in several other languages were covered too.


The original documents abstracted in CAAAL are found in the Raymond G. McCarthy Memorial Collection, housed in special cases in the library. In addition, the McCarthy Collection also contains the original texts of all items abstracted in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol. The documents are filed by their CAAAL or McCarthy numbers (for items not included in CAAAL). Access is provided by author through the master catalog, by author or subject using the abstracts and indexes of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol, or by subject searching of CAAAL. There are also topical bibliographies which have been prepared by Center staff that include items from the McCarthy Collection.