The Library of Congress has released a book on the history of the card catalog, appropriately titled The Card Catalog. This Vox article talks about what the author, Constance Grady, learned from reading the book. She describes the earliest known catalog, the destruction of the LOC collection during the War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson’s early LOC classification system, Melvil Dewey’s “insufferable efficiency,” and the modern art of cataloging.
Original article here: http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/4/21/15357984/card-catalog-library-of-congress-history
Heather Hill, LIS 653-01 Spring 2017