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Title:The Development of Classification in America
Author(s):Eaton, Thelma
Subject(s):Classification --Books
Abstract:The story of the development of classification from Aristotle to Ranganathan has been told so often that, as I worked on this paper, I found myself wondering what I could possibly contribute to the subject. In our planning sessions the committee had agreed that it was desirable to provide some kind of a summary of classification practices before we attempted to analyze the conditions which exist today and to divine what the future holds. Even so, as I stand before you this morning, I find myself wondering if we might not have done better to omit the history and begin with the stimulating and provocative talk which will follow this introductory speech. But to fulfill our program I shall talk briefly on the development of book classification in American libraries. In theory I should cover the period from colonial times to the present, and I shall touch on some of the earlier attempts at classification, but my emphasis will fall on the last half of the nineteenth century, that period in American library history when many things were happening.
Issue Date:1959
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In F.T.Eaton and D.E.Strout (eds). 1959. The role of classification in the modern American library : papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 1-4, 1959. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 8-30.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (6th : 1959)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-16

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