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  • A Short Story About Dewey

  • Melville Louis Kossuth DeweyBorn December 10, 1851His intense interest in simplified spelling caused him to once change his name to Melvil DuiEstablished the American Library Association in 1876Co-founded and edited Library Journal

  • Melvil DeweyMelvil Dewey died after suffering a stroke on December 26, 1931 at age 80Buried in New York, Essex County, state near Lake Placid

  • Some years ago, Melvil Dewey devised a system for classifying books. The system has come into use all around the world.It has been explained that he devised the system by imagining himself as a prehistoric or primitive man and asked himself questions he believed such a man would ask.This presentation demonstrates those questions in a manner designed to entertain as well as educate.It has become known as the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

  • Who am I?100Philosophy and Psychology

    Man thinks about himself.

  • Who made me?200Religion

    Man thinks about his Creator.

  • Who is the man in the next cave?300Social Sciences Man thinks about other people.

  • How can I make that man understand me?400Philology Language

    Man learns to communicate with others through words and signs.

  • How can I understand nature and the world around me?500Science

    Man learns to understand thenature of air, land, and sea.

  • How can I use what I know about nature?600Applied Science/Useful ArtsPrimitive man learned about fire and how to make weapons; over time, he also learned about the wheel, medicine, planting crops,cooking food, building useful structures,and how to make things to ease our burdens.

  • How can I enjoy my leisure time?700Fine Arts and RecreationAs time passes, man learns about paintingpictures, creating music, as wellas dancing to music, playing games,Sports, and hunting.

  • How can I pass on mans heroic deeds?800LiteratureMan becomes a storyteller; he createssagas, fables, epics, poems, plays aboutrelatives, friends, and characters; hewrites for others to read, learn, and enjoy.

  • How can I leave a record for people of the future?900History, Geography,and BiographyMan writes about what happened, where it happened, and who made it happen.

  • What else is there?000General WorksThe numbers up to 100 are used for books about books, and for books that contain information on many subjects such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and other reference books; much of the sorts of books one would find in the reference section of the library.

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    http://www.oclc.org/dewey/resources/biography/ Is the site where this information was found; last accessed 4 OCT 2003.Birth: 1851Death: 1931Melvil Dewey is best known as the originator of the Dewey Decimal System. His name was originally Louis Kossuth, he later went by Melville Dewey, then shortened his first name to Melvil. He proposed a decimal-based cataloging system after working in his college library for some time. He was a founding member of the American library Association and also served as director of the new York State library. He and his wife Emily created the Lake Placid Club in New York for promotion of winter sports. Burial:North Elba Cemetery, North Elba, Essex County, New York, USAGPS (lat/lon): 44.26233, -73.97143Maintained by: Find A GraveRecord added: Oct 18, 2000Find A Grave Memorial# 13079Last accessed: 4 OCT 2010