A legacy of helping libraries
Since the publication of its first edition in 1876, the Dewey Decimal Classification® (DDC) system has crossed many milestones. Many of these milestones have advanced the organization of library collections to help librarians meet their users' information needs more efficiently.
|1876||A Classification and Subject Index for Cataloguing and Arranging Books and Pamphlets of a Library—the first edition of the DDC—is published anonymously in Amherst, Massachusetts.|
|1885||Second edition of the DDC is published under Melvil Dewey's name.|
|1900||The first abridged edition of the DDC is published.|
|1911||The seventh edition of the DDC is published, which is the first to carry the Forest Press imprint.|
|1916||The Decimal Classification Advisory Committee—the American Library Association's (ALA) first advisory committee—is appointed.|
|1923||The DDC editorial office moves to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.|
|1930||The Library of Congress begins to print Dewey numbers on catalog cards.|
|1931||Melvil Dewey, creator of the DDC, dies December 26 at age 80.|
|1937||The Decimal Classification Committee, a forerunner to the present-day Dewey Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee, is established.|
|1953||The Dewey Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee is reconstituted to represent the American Library Association, Forest Press and the Library of Congress to guide to editorial development of the DDC.|
|1958||The 16th edition of the DDC is published, which is the first to be edited under an agreement between the Library of Congress and Forest Press.|
|1988||Forest Press, based in Albany, New York, becomes a division of OCLC.|
|1993||OCLC Forest Press publishes Electronic Dewey, the first library classification scheme in electronic form.|
|1996||The 21st edition of the DDC and Dewey for Windows® are published, which is the first time print and electronic formats are published simultaneously.|
|1999||The OCLC Forest Press office moves from Albany, New York, to OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio; three years later, the Forest Press imprint is retired.|
|2000||WebDewey® in CORC is published.|
|2002||WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey are published.|
|2003||The 22nd edition of the DDC is published.|
|2004||The 14th edition of the Abridged DDC is published.|
|2011||WebDewey 2.0 is released.|
|2011||The 23rd Edition of the DDC is published.|
|2012||The 15th Abridged Edition of the of the DDC is published.|
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