I have to remember to contact Sarah sometime this week about the party, so I add her to my person-listy-thing.

I think there may be a (somewhat archaic?) concise term for this along the lines of 'datebook'. Thoughts?

EDIT: To clarify, this is a to-do list but with contacts' names; not simply a list of contacts.

  • What's wrong with to-do list? Or calendar (a list of things to do on certain dates)? For a while we called the electronic version personal digital assistant or pda.
    – bib
    Feb 18 '14 at 17:27

I simply say contact list or call list, as in I have a dozen donors on my contact list for the weekend or We have 600 alumni on our call list for the campaign. I am not familiar with any other term that refers specifically to a list of names to be contacted in the short term as part of a task list, though you could refer to calling the person as a task:

I have to remember to contact Sarah sometime this week about the party. I'll add calling her to my to-do list.

In fact, I don't see what is wrong with to-do list, if it is understood that the person named is to be called.

We've been calling everyone in the membership directory. Abramson through Lynd are done. I still have Mabel through Zukow on my to-do list, though.

The other suggestions either refer to a comprehensive list of contacts (e.g. address book, Rolodex) or documents or systems that do not necessarily involve contacting anyone (e.g. planner, agenda).

  • 'Call list' certainly sounds very close to what I was looking for; thank you! I think 'to-do list' is on the right track, though it starts getting a little creepy-sounding to have people on your to-do list, methinks! °-°
    – j6m8
    Feb 19 '14 at 3:20

You can say:

PLANNER--a chart for recording future appointments, tasks, goals, etc (Collins English Dictionary)



You said you were possibly looking for a somewhat archaic term.

The closest thing I could find, while looking, was adversaria.


Or, maybe, memorandum?


After the edit, I would suggest agenda, docket, program, or schedule.


Possibly the outdated term you're looking for is "Rolodex". This was a rotating card file that had indexes to make it easy to go to the entry you were looking for - still a pain if you had a lot of "M"s or "S"s.

  • 1
    You should probably clarify what a rolodex is.
    – Doc
    Feb 18 '14 at 21:02
  • Woops! So I should. Short explanation and link added. Feb 20 '14 at 21:05
  • This is definitely very close to what I'm looking for, though a Rolodex is more of a contact-book and less of a list-of-people-to-contact. Though one could definitely reorganize one's Rolodex to have a 'to-do' section; was that a common practice...?
    – j6m8
    May 10 '14 at 19:01
  • (Incidentally, I've (in jest) written 'keep me in your Rolodex!' to people via email, only to have to explain what a Rolodex is.)
    – j6m8
    May 10 '14 at 19:02
  • No, the Rolodex (as I remember them) was contact organization only, so maybe not exactly applicable. I do remember my older co-workers at NASA using a pocket calendar to remind them who to call, but keeping the name and phone number (this was pre-email) in their Rolodex so they'd not lose track of it. May 12 '14 at 18:05

I have to remember to contact Sarah sometime this week about the party, so I add her to my agenda.

agenda: a list of things to be considered or done


A small book where you register the names of your friends and other contacts with phone numbers etc is an address book.

  • Sorry rugermue, I think my question was a bit unclear! I meant more along the lines of a to-do list (as per the edit). My fault!
    – j6m8
    Feb 18 '14 at 17:16
  • See Google Bilder: address book. You'll find all sorts of calenders for appointments.
    – rogermue
    Feb 18 '14 at 17:20

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