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PREFATORY NOTE TO THE FIRST EDITION, 1876.
There are plenty of treatises on classification, of which accounts may
be found in Edwards's Memoirs of libraries and Petzholdt's Bibliotheca
bibliographica. The classification of the St. Louis Public School
Library catalogue is briefly defended by W. T. Harris in the preface
(which is reprinted, with some additions, from the Journal of speculative
philosophy for 1870). Professor Abbot's plan is explained in a
pamphlet printed and in use at Harvard College Library, also in his
"Statement respecting the new catalogue" (part of the report of the
examining committee of the library for 1863), and in the North American
review for January, 1869. The plan of Mr. Schwartz, librarian
of the Apprentices' Library, New York, is partially set forth in the
preface to this catalog; and a fuller explanation is preparing for publication.
For an author-catalog there are the famous 91 rules of the
British Museum * (prefixed to the Catalogue of printed books, vol. 1,
1841, or conveniently arranged in alphabetical order by Th. Nichols
in his Handbook for readers at the British Museum, 1866); Professor
Jewett's modification of them (Smithsonian Report on the construction
of catalogues, 1852); Mr. F. B. Perkins's further modification (in the
American publisher for 1869), and a chapter in the second volume of
Edwards. t But for a dictionary-catalog as a whole, and for most of
its parts, there is no manual whatever. Nor have any of the abovementioned
works attempted to set forth the rules in a systematic way
or to investigate what might be called the first principles of cataloging.
It is to be expected that a first attempt will be incomplete, and I shall
be obliged to librarians for criticisms, objections, or new problems,
with or without solutions. With such assistance perhaps a second
edition of these hints would deserve the title-Rules.
* Compiled by a committee of five, Panizzi, Th. Watts, J. Winter Jones, J. H. Parry, and E. Edwards,
in several months of hard labor.
tTo these may now be added: Condensed rules for an author and title catalogue, prepared by the
Cooperation Committee, A. L. A. 1883, revised by the Advisory Catalog Committee, 1902; F: B. Perkins's
San Francisco cataloguing (1884); C: Dziatzko's Instruction fur die Ordnung der Titel im
alphabetischen Zettelkatalog der Univ. Bibliothek zu Breslau (1886), of which an adaptation has
been made by Mr. K. A: Linderfelt, Boston, 1890; Melvil Dewey's Condensed rules for a card catalogue,
with 36 sample cards (published in the Library notes, v. 1, No. 2,1886, and reprinted as Rules
for author and classed catalogs; with changes, additions, and a Bibliography of catalog rules by Mary
Salome Cutler, Boston, 1888, and again as Library School rules, in four editions, Boston, 1890, 1892,
1894, and 1899); G. Fumagalli's Cataloghi di biblioteche (1887); H: B. Wheatley's How to catalogue
a library (1889); and various discussions in the Library journal, the Neuer Anzeiger, and the (entragbatt
fur BibliothekfVl sen.
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Cutter, Charles A. (Charles Ammi), 1837-1903. Rules for a Dictionary Catalog, book, 1904; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1048/m1/3/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.