Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey
December 10, 1851
|Died||December 26, 1931 (aged 80)|
|Other names||Melvil Dewey|
|Occupation||librarian, resort developer, reformer|
|Known for||Dewey Decimal Classification|
|Spouse(s)||Annie R. Godfrey (1878)|
Emily McKay Beal (1924)
|Relatives||Godfrey Dewey (son)|
Early life[change | change source]
Career[change | change source]
He developed his book classification system based on a decimal numbering system while working in the Amherst library. He published a first edition in 1876.
Lake Placid Club[change | change source]
Reforms[change | change source]
He advocated for spelling reform for the English language. At one point he changed the spelling of his name from "Melvile" to "Melvil," removing redundant letters. He also for a brief time wrote his surname as "Dui." He also founded The Metric Bureau in 1876 to advocate for the United States to move to metric measurement.
Personal life[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Anna Elliott (May 1981). "Melvil Dewey: A Singular and Contentious Life" (PDF). Wilson Library Bulletin. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 10, 2008.
- Wiegand, Wayne A. (1996). Irrepressible reformer : a biography of Melvil Dewey. Chicago: American Library Association. p. 14. ISBN 9780838906804.
- Michael Dewe (1968), "Historical aspects of library supply". In: Library World Vols 70–72, Grafton (eds), pp. 27–28.
- Wiegand, W. A. (1998). "The "Amherst Method" : The Origins of the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme". In: Libraries & Culture. Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring 1998.
- Wiegand, Wayne A. (1996). Irrepressible reformer : a biography of Melvil Dewey. Chicago: American Library Association. ISBN 9780838906804.
- Sarah K. Vann. Training for Librarianship Before 1923. Chicago: American Library Association, 1961. p. 28.
- "Dr. Melvil Dewey dead in Florida". The New York Times. December 27, 1931. Archived from the original on October 15, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
- "Dewey Resources". oclc.org. 13 July 2020.
- Hector Vera, "Melvil Dewey, Metric Apostle", MetricToday: The U.S. Metric Association Newsletter, vol. 45, no. 4, July–August 2010, pp. 1, 4–6.