Frederick Howard Collins (indexer)

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Frederick Howard Collins (1857-1910) was a British indexer and writer. Best known for his Authors' and printers' dictionary (1905), he also wrote on the philosophy of Herbert Spencer and on subject indexing.


  • An epitome of the Synthetic philosophy, London: Williams and Norgate, 1889. With a preface by Herbert Spencer.
  • The diminution of the jaw in the civilized races: an effect of disease, London and Edinburgh: Williams and Norgate, 1891
  • Twelve charts of the tidal streams on the west coast of Scotland, London: J.D. Potter, 1894
  • 'Subject indexes: some principles which underlie them', London: Chiswick Press, 1896.[1]
  • 'Herbert Spencer', in Philosophers and scientists, New York: Doubleday & McClure Co., 1899
  • 'The index', in Charles T. Jacobi, Some notes on books and printing : a guide for authors, publishers, & others, London: C. Whittingham & Co., 1902.[1]
  • Author & printer: A guide for authors, editors, printers, correctors of the press, compositors and typists. With full list of abbreviations. An attempt to codify the best typographical practices of the present day, London: Frowde, 1905. Reprinted (1909) as Authors' and printers' dictionary.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Reprinted with an introduction by Michael Robertson in The Indexer, Vol. 18, No. 4 (October 1993), pp.237-43. Online version. Accessed 27 January 2013.