**Warning:** This list is vastly incomplete as I included only downloadable articles and books (sometimes, by subscription)
that I found useful at different times. I do plan to gradually expand it, but will try not to overwhelm the list, so many related
results can be obtained by forward and backward reference searches. Let me know if you find it useful.

Larger values: at OEIS. Examples and Images: Catalan numbers (MacTutor History of Math.) Another meaning.

- OEIS: A108
- English Wikipedia: Catalan number
- MathWorld: Catalan number
- Richard Stanley's Exercise 19, solutions,
and Catalan addendum (.pdf)

Bonus: the story behind the exercise (the original link) - Richard Stanley,
*Catalan numbers*, Cambridge Universiy Press (2015), with an appendix by Igor Pak. - Henry W. Gould, Research Bibliography of Catalan Numbers,
**465**refs (1979, updated 2007)

- Igor Pak, History of Catalan numbers (August 2014), most up to date summary of current historical knowledge; based on historical documents (see below) and two earlier blog posts:
- "Who computed Catalan numbers?" (Feb 20, 2013).
- "Who named Catalan numbers?" (Feb 5, 2014).
- see also Henry Gould's response (May 16, 2014).

- Marc Renault, The Ballot Problem website; original articles and their English translations.
- W. G. Brown, Historical Note on a Recurrent Combinatorial Problem (1965), local copy; brief historical timeline and refs.
- P. J. Larcombe and P.D.C. Wilson, On the trail of the Catalan sequence,
*Math. Today*(1998); careful historical overview. - U. Tamm, Olinde Rodrigues and combinatorics, in
*Mathematics and social utopias in France*(2005); a very readable description of Rodrigues's contributions in the context of history of Catalan numbers. - J. Laurentin, Réflexions sur la triangulation des polygones convexes,
*Bulletin de la SABIX*(French, 2009); overview of the combinatorial work by Lamé. - K. Humphreys, A
history and a survey of lattice path enumeration,
*J. Stat. Planning Inference*(2010) - A. Belcastro and G. Fenaroli,
A determination of
Catalan numbers in 18th century Italy by Giovanni Rizzetti (1675–1751),
*Historia Mathematica*(2023)

- M. Hall,
*Combinatorial theory*, Chapter 3 (1967) - J.H. van Lint,
*Combinatorial Theory Seminar*, Chapter 3,*Lecture Notes in Math.*(1974) - M. Gardner, Catalan Numbers,
*Scientific American*(June 1976) - D. Singmaster, An elementary evaluation of the Catalan numbers,
*Amer. Math. Monthly*(1978) - D.M. Campbell, The Computation of Catalan Numbers,
*Math. Mag.*(1984) - P. Hilton and J. Pedersen, Catalan numbers,
their generalization, and their uses,
*Math. Intelligencer*(1991) - D. Rubenstein, Catalan numbers revisited,
*JCTA*(1994) - R.P. Stanley, Hipparchus, Plutarch, Schröder, and Hough,
*Amer. Math. Monthly*(1997) - M. Aigner, Catalan and other numbers: a recurrent theme, in
*Algebraic Combinatorics and Computer Science*(2001) - F. Hirzerbuch, Fax to Chern on Catalan numbers (11 November, 2003; meaning of Fax).
- T. Koshy, The Ubiquitous Catalan Numbers,
*Math. Teacher*(2006) - J. McCammond, Noncrossing partitions in surprising locations,
*Amer. Math. Monthly*(2006) - M. Renault, Four Proofs
of the Ballot Theorem,
*Math. Mag.*(2007) - D. Armstrong, Catalan Numbers: From EGS to BEG, slides of MIT Combinatorics Seminar talk (May 2015).
- S. Roman, An introduction to Catalan numbers, Springer, 2015.

*Catalan Numbers*, Part I by Mohamed Omar, and Part II by Michael Penn, March 2020.- Evgeny Smirnov, Coursera lecture on Catalan numbers, HSE. This is Part 1; for other parts follow the links below the video, c. 2017.
- Po-Shen Loh,
*NYMC Talk on Catalan Numbers*, Part 1 and Part 2, June 2015. - Robert Sedgewick, Coursera
lecture on Catalan numbers, Princeton; this is a portion of an early lecture in the
*Analysis of Algorithms*course, c. 2014. - Alissa S. Crans, A Surreptitious Sequence: The Catalan Numbers, MAA (2014), a longer version at MSRI (2017), and an even longer version at MoMath (2014).
- Federico Ardila, Lecture 6 of the
*Enumerative Combinatorics*course, SFSU, Sep. 2013. - Norman J. Wildberger, Euler's triangulation of a polygon, Insights into Mathematics, Feb. 2013.

- Xavier Viennot,
*The Catalan Garden*, Chapter 2a, Chapter 2b, Chapter 2c and Chapter 2d, IMSc, Jan-Mar 2016. - Nantel Bergeron,
*Generalizations of Catalan numbers*(static video), FI, Nov 22, 2014. - Richard Stanley, Some Catalan Musings (see also slides), IMA, Nov 10, 2014.
- Christos Athanasiadis, Catalan and Narayana Numbers for Weyl Groups, MSRI, Nov 5, 2008 (large files).
- Don Knuth, The Associative Law, or the Anatomy of Rotations in Binary Trees, Stanford, Nov 30, 1993.

**Euler's letter exchange with Goldbach:**- L. Euler, Letter to Goldbach (German, 4 September, 1751). Here are the scans of page 1 and page 2 of the relevant part of the original letter (these are courtesy Xavier Viennot). Euler introduces counting triangulation problem, finds the first 8 Catalan numbers, suggests an explicit product formula, and finds an explicit form g.f.
- C. Goldbach, Reply to Euler (German, 16 October, 1751); by Goldbach makes a quick check of the first few terms of Euler's (correct) g.f.
- L. Euler, Followup letter (German, 4 December, 1751); Euler shows that the product formula follows from the g.f. and the binomial theorem.

**St. Petersburg papers:**- J.A. Segner,
Enumeratio modorum quibus figurae planae rectilineae per diagonales dividuntur in triangula (Size: 13 Mb.),
*Novi Commentarii Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis Petropolitanae*, vol. 7 (Latin, 1758/59, published in 1761); proof of a quadratic recurrence relation for Catalan numbers; clearly references Euler's earlier formulation and calculation; uses the formula to compute the first 18 Catalan numbers, the last 6 incorrectly. - L. Euler, Unsigned summary of Segner's article on the number of triangulations, ibid.;
here Euler restates his product formula for Catalan numbers, fixes arithmetic mistakes in Segner's calculations,
and extends them to the number of triangulations of
*n*-gon,*n≤25*. See also my loose English translation. - S. Kotelnikow, Demonstratio seriei...,
*Novi Commentarii*, vol. 10 (Latin, 1766); proves absolutely nothing. - N. Fuss, Solutio quæstionis, quot modis polygonum
*n*laterum in polyga*m*laterum, per diagonales resolvi quæat (Size: 15 Mb.),*Nova Acta Academiæ Scientarium Petropolitanæ*, vol. 9 (Latin, 1795); Segner recurrence relation for the Fuss-Catalan numbers, thus answering Pfaff's question.

- J.A. Segner,
Enumeratio modorum quibus figurae planae rectilineae per diagonales dividuntur in triangula (Size: 13 Mb.),
**French (and one German) papers:**- G. Lamé, Extract from the letter to J. Liouville on the number of triangulations,
*Jour. de Math.*(French, 1838, local copy); a complete elementary combinatorial proof of the recurrence relation and product formula via a double counting argument; English translation by D. Pengelley. - E. Catalan, Note sur une Équation aux différences finies, ibid. (local copy); discussion of Segner-Lamé recurrence relation and combinatorics of parentheses.
- O. Rodrigues, Sur le nombre de manières de décomposer un Polygone en triangles au moyen de diagonales, ibid. (local copy); a direct inductive proof of the product formula for the number of triangulations.
- O. Rodrigues, Sur le nombre de manières d'effectuer un produit de
*n*facteurs, ibid. (local copy); a direct inductive proof of the product formula for the number of distinct products (bracket sequences). - M.J. Binet,
Réflexions sur le Problème de déterminer le nombre
de manières dont une figure rectiligne peut être partagée en triangles au moyen de ses diagonales,
*Jour. de Math.*(French, 1839, local copy); a modern style g.f. proof. - E. Catalan, Solution nouvelle de cette question: Un polygone étant donné, de combien de manières peut-on le partager en triangles au moyen de diagonales?, ibid. (local copy); a new recurrence relation.
- J.A. Grunert, Ueber die Bestimmung der Anzahl der verschiedenen Arten..., Archive der Mathematik und Physik (German, 1841); product formula for Fuss-Catalan numbers, g.f. approach.
- J. Liouville,
Remarques sur un Mémoire de N. Fuss,
*Jour. de Math.*(French, 1843, local copy); a product formula for Fuss-Catalan numbers using Fuss's recurrence and Lagrange inversion. - l'abbé E. Gelin, Nombre de manières de décomposer un polygone convexe,
*Mathesis*(1883); a likely case of plagiarism of Lamé's paper; of interest largely due to a historical comment by the editors. - E. Catalan, Sur les nombres de Segner,
*Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di Palermo*(French, 1887, local copy); divisibility properties of Catalan numbers.

- G. Lamé, Extract from the letter to J. Liouville on the number of triangulations,
**English papers:**- T.P. Kirkman,
On the K-Partitions of the R-Gon and R-Ace,
*Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society*(1857), local copy; introduction of Kirkman-Cayley numbers and a conjectured formula. - A. Cayley, On the analytical forms called trees, II,
*Philosophical Magazine*(1859); plane trees, bijection to parenthetical expressions, g.f. solution. - W. A. Whitworth, Arrangements of
*m*things of one sort and*n*things of another sort, under certain conditions of priority,*Messenger of Math*(1879), local copy; ballot sequences first defined and computed by a combinatorial argument. - H.M. Taylor and R.C. Rowe, Note on a
Geometrical Theorem,
*Proc. London Math. Soc.*(1882), local copy; g.f. proof of formula for the Fuss-Catalan numbers. - A. Cayley, On the partition of a polygon,
*Proc. London Math. Soc.*(1890), local copy; proof of Kirkman's formula.

- T.P. Kirkman,
On the K-Partitions of the R-Gon and R-Ace,
**Papers on the ballot problem:**(translations by M. Renault)- (New!) L.F.A. Arbogast,
*Du calcul des derivations*(French, 1800), see Example VI in §4.II; an explicit form of the Catalan triangle including product formulas for the Ballot numbers. - J. Bertrand,
Solution d’un problème,
*C. R. Acad. Sci.*(French, 1887); English translation; ballot problem solution by induction is announced. - É. Barbier, Généralisation du problème résolu par M. Bertrand, ibid.; English translation; generalized ballot problem to the Fuss-Catalan case.
- D. André, Solution directed du problème résolu par M. Bertrand, ibid.; English translation; a different solution, variation on cycle lemma and reflection principle, similar to that by Whitworth.
- D. Mirimanoff, A propos de l’interprétation géométrique du problème du scrutin, ibid. (1923); English translation; the reflection principle.

- (New!) L.F.A. Arbogast,
**Monographs:**- E. Lucas,
*Théorie des nombres*(French, 1891); an early monograph which briefly discussed Catalan numbers after Rodrigues (see Section 43, Ex IV) - E. Netto,
*Lehrbuch der Combinatorik*(German, 1901); an early monograph which discussed Catalan numbers after Catalan & Rodrigues, as well as the Schröder numbers (see Chapter 9) - W. Feller,
*An Introduction to Probability Theory and its Applications*(see §3.1); this 1950 monograph (mis-)attributed the "reflection principle" to André.

- E. Lucas,

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*J. Comb. Theory*(1970) - M.R.T. Dale and J.W. Moon, The
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*J. Stat. Planning Inference*(1993) - I. Pak, Reduced decompositions of permutations
in terms of star transpositions, generalized Catalan numbers and
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Ordered trees and non-crossing partitions,
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*Discrete Math.*(2000)

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- P. Franklin and C.F. Gummer,
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probabilistic method for lattice path enumeration
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*J. Stat. Planning Inference*(1986) - N. Dershowitz and S. Zaks,
The cycle lemma and some applications,
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Random walk
in a Weyl chamber,
*Proc. AMS*(1992) - M. Bousquet-Mélou and G. Schaeffer, Walks
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*JCTA*(2003)

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*Discrete Math.*(1995) - S. Elizalde and I. Pak, Bijections for refined restricted permutations,
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The images of road signs and binary trees used above are taken from *Wikpedia*.

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(it circles over all 5 excited diagrams in a staircase shape).

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