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Happy anniversary to CDI

On May 14, 2019 in Blog

There were 300 mugs like this in May 2004 when Colleen Dunham Indexing was incorporated in Seattle Washington. The intention was to do freelance indexing for six months or so.

Fifteen years later we’re still at it — just one mug left but we’re still mapping that world of words.

Thanks for the work, all you editors out there. Here’s to the next 15!



Buon anno

On January 2, 2019 in Blog

You’re glad to see an index in your Italian phrase book when it’s New Year’s Eve in Venice.


NYT picks for best books of 2018

On November 29, 2018 in Blog

The endless loop

On August 26, 2018 in Blog

Look it up!

On March 22, 2018 in Blog

It’s the thing

On March 2, 2018 in Blog



Engage with caution

On February 7, 2018 in Blog

Those books without indexes

On October 22, 2017 in Blog

Read The Spectator article here. Read about the book here.  



On August 23, 2017 in Blog

| ˈnäləj | noun. facts, information, and skills acquired by a person _____________________________________________


“The foremost finding aid of the physical book”

On June 20, 2017 in Blog

A symposium at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, June 2017 I for my part venerate the inventor of Indexes, that unknown labourer in literature who first laid open the nerves and arteries of a book. The Bodleian is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library with […]

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