Tag Archives: Classification

How the Index Card Cataloged the World – The Atlantic

Carl Linnaeus, the father of biological taxonomy, also had a hand in inventing this tool for categorizing anything.

Source: How the Index Card Cataloged the World – The Atlantic

The Lost Art of Library Card Catalogues

Editor’s note: The book is available via Amazon, among other sources…


Men working at linotype machines in the Card Division Printing Office of the Library of Congress (c. 1900-1920), from The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by the Library of Congress, published by Chronicle Books 2017 (all images courtesy the Library of Congress)
Men working at linotype machines in the Card Division Printing Office of the Library of Congress (c. 1900-1920), from The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by the Library of Congress, published by Chronicle Books 2017 (all images courtesy the Library of Congress)
Supply catalog from the Library Bureau (1897-1920), from The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by the Library of Congress, published by Chronicle Books 2017
Supply catalog from the Library Bureau (1897-1920), from The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by the Library of Congress, published by Chronicle Books 2017

The art of writing card catalogue entries may be dying, but they still tell us a lot about our data past.

Source: The Lost Art of Library Card Catalogues

About Melvil Dewey, 1851-1931 (The Dewey Program at the Library of Congress)

Happy Birthday, Melvil Dewey!


Melvil Dewey
Melvil Dewey, from Library of Congress

“Melville Louis Kossuth (Melvil) Dewey was born on December 10, 1851. . . ”

Source: About Melvil Dewey, 1851-1931 (The Dewey Program at the Library of Congress)