Etiquette Guides and Advice – Entertaining – Rules of Order – Free Online Books

Etiquette Guides and Advice, Entertaining, Rules of Order – Free Online Books

Etiquette & Entertaining


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Etiquette & Entertaining

Etiquette Guide Collection

Nearly 450 modern online books that resulted from a search for “etiquette guide”. If you wish to narrow the search, find “Topics & Subjects” in the left column and click on “More”. Be patient as the page loads.

Manners & Customs Collection

About 4,800 free online books on the subject of “Manners & Customs”. Be patient as the page loads.

Free online magazines about Women’s Interests

American History Manners and Customs Collection

About 160 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of American History Manners and Customs.

Business Etiquette Collection

About 350 free online books on the subject of “Business Etiquette”. Be patient as the page loads.

Etiquette for Children and Teenagers Collection

Over 80 free online modern books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Etiquette for Children and Teenagers”. Be patient as the page loads.

Entertaining Collection

Over 800 modern free online books that resulted from a search for “entertaining”. You can use the “Search this Collection” box to narrow your search. Be patient as the page loads.

Party Entertaining Collection

About 130 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Party Entertaining.

Robert’s Rules of Order

Robert, Henry M.
Berkley 1989        Dewey Dec.    060.4

“A simplified, updated version of the classic manual of parliamentary procedure. Designed for today’s businesses, clubs, unions, boards, societies, churches, and other organizations.” -Publisher

Selected Articles from a Century Ago on Miscellaneous Topics

Sensible Etiquette and Good Manners of the Best Society

Information and Instruction for those about entering, and those who desire to become educated and polished in general society. Containing nice points of taste, good manners, and the art of making one’s self agreeable. A manual of manners and customs at Parties, Balls, Dinners and Sociables, with forms for invitations, regrets, balls, marriages, funerals, etc., to which is added The Art of Writing

Aster, Mrs. Jane, ed.
Carleton 1882        Dewey Dec.    395

The Art of Conversation: Twelve Golden Rules

Baker, Josephine Turck
Correct English Publishing Company 1921        Dewey Dec.    395

Bride’s Book of Etiquette

Bride’s Magazine
Berkely 1999        Dewey Dec.    395

A guide to planning a wedding ceremony and reception, from announcements to honeymoon plans.

Free online magazines about Home, Family & Garden

The American Gentleman’s Guide to Politeness and Fashion

or, Familiar Letters to his Nephews, containing rules of etiquette, directions for the formation of character, etc., et., illustrated by sketches drawn from life, of the men and manners of our times, by Henry Lunettes

Conkling, Margaret Cockburn
Derby & Jackson 1860        Dewey Dec.    395

Multicultural Manners: New Rules of Etiquette for a Changing Society

Dresser, Norine
Wiley 1996        Dewey Dec.    395

“From body language and table manners to classroom behavior and gift giving, this guide to etiquette provides fascinating information about relations in our multicultural society.” -Booklist

”Dame Curtsey’s” Book of Novel Entertainments for Every Day in the Year

Glover, Ellye Howell
McClurg 1907        Dewey Dec.    793

“Suggestions for holiday entertainments, birthday parties, church and club entertainments, engagement and wedding functions, toasts and sentiments for all occasions, and novel refreshments.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Books on Food and Drink, and Historic Cookbooks

A Handbook of Hospitality for Town and Country

Hall, Florence Howe
Dana Estes 1909        Dewey Dec.    395

Chapter headings are: Part I: 1. The Country Hostess and Her Problems, 2. Picnics and Country Frolics, 3. Country Weddings, 4. House-Parties, Guests and Guest-Chambers, 5. Unexpected Visitors
Part II: 6. The Flat-Dweller and Her Difficulties, 7. Afternoon Teas and Receptions, 8. Luncheons, 9. How to Give an Agreeable Dinner, 10. The Day of the Dinner, 11. Dances
Part III: 12. Twentieth Century Costume Dances and Masked Balls, 13. Musicals and Private Theatricals, 14. Card Parties, 15. Studio Teas and Bachelor Entertainments, 16. Class-Day and Commencement Festivities, 17. Women’s Clubs
Part IV: 18. Hints for Club Festivities, 19. Novel Ideas for Patriotic Entertainments, 20. Progressive Dinners, Barmecide’s Feasts, Magic Suppers, and Other Novelties, 21. The Stranger within our Gates, 22. Hospitality in Modern Europe, 23. Outgrown Ideals of Hospitality

The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness

A complete hand book for the use of the lady in polite society, containing full directions for correct manners, dress, deportment, and conversation; rules for the duties of both hostess and guest in morning receptions, dinner companies, visiting, evening parties and balls; a complete guide for letter writing and cards of compliment, hints on managing servants, on the preservation of health, and on accomplishments. And also useful receipts for the complexion, hair, and with hints and directions for the care of the wardrobe

Hartley, Florence
Lee and Shepard 1873        Dewey Dec.    395

The first edition was published in 1860.

Manners: American Etiquette

Hathaway, Helen
E. P. Dutton 1928        Dewey Dec.    395

Prescribed behavior for every sort of social function. Also touches upon setting the table, correspondence and invitations, Washington etiquette, servants, train and ocean travel, and more.

Etiquette for All Occasions

Kingsland, Mrs Florence
Doubleday 1901        Dewey Dec.    395

The Complete Hostess

Laughlin, Clara Elizabeth, ed.
Appleton 1906        Dewey Dec.    793

“Suggestions for formal and informal home entertainments and the etiquet of such occasions, with plans for clubs, sociables, fairs and exhibitions.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in Sixty Countries

Morrison, Terry et al.
Adams 1994        Dewey Dec.    395

“The definitive reference for doing business around the world.” -Libr J.

Books on Movies, Theater

Emily Post’s Etiquette: Manners for a new world

Post, Peggy
Kahle/Austin Foundation 2011        Dewey Dec.    395

Etiquette: the Blue Book of social usage

Post, Emily
Funk & Wagnalls 1945        Dewey Dec.    395

Manners and Social Usages

Sherwood, Mrs. John
Harper 1884        Dewey Dec.    395

How the house shall be ordered; how company shall be received; how to visit and be visited; how to do it all kindly, attractively, becomingly, in proportion to means at command, is set forth very clearly.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Amy Vanderbilt’s Everyday Etiquette

Vanderbilt, Amy
Bantam 1974        Dewey Dec.    395

“Here are the answers to your questions, and realistic up-to-the-minute advice on how to live graciously in today’s hectic, informal world.” – book cover.

Lessons on Manners for School and Home Use

Wiggin, Edith E.
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard 1884        Dewey Dec.    395

Contents: Manners in General, at school, on the street, at home, toward the aged, at the table, in society, at church, in places of amusement, in stores and similar public places, in traveling, in borrowing.

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