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Title:Bibliography as Anthropometry: Dreaming Scientific Order at the fin de siècle
Author(s):Csiszar, Alex
Subject(s):Bertillon, Alphonse
Abstract:The 1890s saw an explosion of ambitious projects to build a massive classification of knowledge that would serve as a basis for universal catalogues of scientific publishing. The largest of these were the rival International Catalogue of Scientific Literature (London) and Répertoire Bibliographique Universel (Brussels). This essay argues that one widely influential but overlooked source of the enthusiasm for classification as a technology of search and retrieval during this period was the emergence of new methods and technologies for classifying and keeping track of people, and in particular, the criminal identification laboratory of Alphonse Bertillon located in Paris.
Issue Date:2013
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Library Trends 62 (3) Winter 2014: Essays in Honor of W. Boyd Rayward: Part 1: 442-455
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/49316
ISSN:1559-0682
DOI:10.1353/lib.2013.0041
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-27
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