The Mayonnaise System

A new book classification system was developed for The Brautigan Library. Called The Mayonnaise System, it catalogs manuscripts according to thirteen general categories:

  1. Adventure
  2. All the Rest
  3. Family
  4. Future
  5. Humor
  6. Love
  7. Meaning of Life
  8. Natural World
  9. Poetry
  10. Social/Political/Cultural
  11. Spirituality
  12. Street Life
  13. War and Peace

As they were submitted to The Brautigan Library, individual manuscripts were cataloged by mayonnaise system category, the year of their submission, and the order of their receipt. For example, LOV 1992.005 indicates the manuscript was the fifth one submitted in 1992 to the LOV(e) category of the library’s collection.

Category sections of the library’s shelves in the original Brautigan Library were marked by mayonnaise jars. The Mayonnaise System borrowed its name from the last chapter of Brautigan’s best-known novel, Trout Fishing in America.

Access to manuscripts is available in the “Mayonnaise System” menu to the right, and can be used to search the holdings of The Brautigan Library. Use the “Archives” menu to the right to search for manuscripts submitted to The Brautigan Library during specific months and years.

Numbers of manuscripts from the original collection cataloged under the various Mayonnaise Systems headings are
Adventure 25
All the Rest 44
Family 25
Future 4
Humor 19
Love 17
Meaning of Life 21
Natural World 20
Poetry 47
Social/Political/Cultural 55
Spirituality 14
Street Life 4
War and Peace 9

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