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I ran across This Neat Old Thread from the comp.infosystems.www usenet group, from way back in 1994.
The participants debate the merits of creating a card catalog for the web. It starts off like this:
\"I\'ve played with Mosaic enough to realize that it\'s biggest
downfall is NO GENERAL INDEX. Card catalogs are the indexes to
libraries and this is what WWW space needs. envision a system where each server administrator (or a volunteer)
could create one or more \"catalog cards\" describing their server and
then submit these cards to a card approver. \"