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The Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System, 2nd Edition by M. P. Satija

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Appendix 1: A broad chronology of the DDC

1851(10 December) Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey is born at Adams Center, New York
1870 Joins Amherst College, Massachusetts for his M.A. in mathematics
1873 While working as a student assistant in the library Dewey conceives the idea to devise a new classification for Amherst College, Massachusetts and submits his classification scheme to the Library Committee of the College
1874 The DDC is produced for the students and faculty of Amherst College; Dewey graduates
1876 First Edition of the DDC published anonymously with a print run of 1000 copies
1882 Library Bureau, a library economy company, established
1885 Second Edition; integrity of numbers policy announced
1888 Third Edition

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