Dewey belongs to all it escaped from Amherst nearly a century ago. It has crossed oceans penetrated continents … (Joel C. Downing)

The system of library classification whose technique flashed into the struggling and enquiring mind of the 22-year-old Melvil Dewey on a May morning in 1873 is still the most popular and famous of the big three library classifications. Its use spread across America and then to the whole world soon after its publication in 1876. At present about 200,000 libraries and information centres in about 135 countries and more than 60 national bibliographies and other catalogues are using it to organise their bibliographic wares. The sun never sets on its ever spreading empire. It is now venturing to find uses ...

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