A brief history of the Dewey Decimal Classification


This chapter outlines the history of the DDC since its conception in 1873 which worked towards its first publication in 1876. Now in its 23rd edition (published in 2011); the DDC describes the mechanism and disadvantages of ‘fixed location’ classification systems prevalent before Melvil Dewey. In addition this chapter will review the features and changes in all previous editions, in chronological order, detailing their respective editors. Finally, the history and features of the abridged, school and the electronic editions of the system will be examined, and will highlight the DDC’s major contribution to the science and art of classification – proving that it is the mother of all ...

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