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The Editors' Introduction provides a brief historical background by mentioning Librarian Charles Coffin Jewett's conflict with Secretary Joseph Henry in the 1850's, and summarizes Jewett's views regarding cataloging systems. Three "Further Reading" sources are listed.


  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)


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The titled article following the Editors' Introduction is reprinted from Charles C. Jewett, "On the Construction of Catalogues of Libraries and of a General Catalogue and Their Publication by Means of Separate, Stereotyped Titles with Rules and Examples," 2d ed. (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1853), p. 3-19.

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Foundations of Cataloging: A Sourcebook (Book)

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  • Smithson Bequest
  • Library science
  • Controversies
  • Secretaries
  • Cataloging
  • Libraries

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pages 48-61

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