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Celebration

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The First Volume
Dewey Decimal Classification System


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Although the library's first volume was cataloged on October 23, 1902, (the official date we commemorate) the original accession book shows that Melville Dewey's "Dewey Decimal Classification System" was entered (accessioned) into the collection on October 3, 1902. It was standard practice for a volume to be accessioned before being cataloged. Dewey's book, published at Boston in 1890, was purchased for five dollars and is no longer in the collection.

A December, 1954 article in WIU's Western Courier noted that the 13th edition of Dewey's book was then being used by the library's catalog department and that the Dewey Decimal Classification system continued to be utilized for organizing the collection.

By the end of the first academic year, the collection numbered 663 volumes. The collection continued to expand and by 1918 an adjacent room was acquired to house a book stacks room.