The Catalog is, in its simplest sense, an educational institutions sales brochure. For AMA, this holds true. Catalogs also show many aspects of the school found no where else in its archival documents. In the case of AMA, the oldest catalogs list the current cadets, the instructors, the classes taught and occasionally lithographs of the campus. They are invaluable to the historical researcher or the casual browser of AMA history.
The oldest artifacts found at the AMA Museum are the catalogs. They predate Recalls (the yearbooks) by several decades and are our primary glimpse into the history of the school.